Posted by: Patricia Salkin | May 17, 2021

Washigton State Adopts Significant Environmental Justice Law

On May 17, the State of Washington joined a growing number of states with signficant Environmental Justice (EJ) statutes. The law, the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act (E2SSB 5141) requires, among other things, covered state agencies to: Adopt environmental justice principles into their strategic planning and budgeting and funding decisions; develop and implement a community engagement plan with a focus on empowering overburdened communities and vulnerable populations, and on considering them in agency decision-making; consult with Indian tribes on decisions affecting tribal rights and lands and when carrying out certain agency environmental justice obligations.; and develop metrics and reports for tracking progress toward environmental justice goals. Also, no later than July 1, 2023, covered state agencies must develop a process for conducting environmental justice assessments for “significant agency actions.”

For more details see:

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/washington-joins-chorus-states-major-environmental-justice-laws


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