According to the White House, US President Joe Biden plans to sign an administrative order on Friday directing civic agencies to focus more on environmental programs that harm communities.
The order created a new office of environmental justice in the White House aimed at sweating it out across the government. Federal agencies are also required to notify communities if toxic substances are released from a civil installation.
Disasters like February’s freight train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, have brought into focus the environmental damage some communities experience at high cost from dangerous chemical spills. “Underinvestment in infrastructure and critical services, and a legacy of racial division, often at the expense of territory”.
the White House said in a statement. The chairman has regularly used executive authority to focus on issues including. His vice chairman, Kamala Harris, plans to visit Miami on Friday to announce a $562 million investment that will help communities become more resilient to climate change, a White House executive said.
Last week’s flooding disrupted deliveries and caused some panic at the pump. Then comes Harris’ visit as South Florida struggles with gasoline shortages.