In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) to address the human health and environmental issues disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. Since then, the organization has focused on providing guidelines for rulemaking, developing policies, and working directly with local and state governments to advance environmental justice.
Q&A: ECOTOXICITY OF THE TIRE-RELATED CHEMICAL 6PPD-QUINONE
What causes tire chemical toxicity and why is it a concern?
Sigrida Reinis, PhD, PE
TECH FOCUS: GIS AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Environmental justice addresses the unfair exposure of poor and marginalized communities to the harms of hazardous waste, resource extraction, and other land uses. Langan is supporting the efforts of our clients to conduct equitable development, which encourages positive redevelopment in those communities. Those focused on environmental justice have identified physical and socioeconomic factors that can be mapped to identify areas in need of equitable development. In turn, these factors can have a positive impact by helping to revitalize areas that may have been overlooked in the past.
Langan utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), along with Esri’s Business Analyst and data layers sourced from the census and other federal and state agencies, to map and analyze various socioeconomic factors to support community redevelopment throughout the country
ESG SPOTLIGHT: PROPOSED REGULATIONS ON LARGE GHG EMITTERS
During the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, President Biden announced two proposed regulations on specific categories of large greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters, along with funding for multiple climate change initiatives. These regulations would impose specific measures to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry and require contractors with large United States government contracts to disclose their annual GHG emissions and other key climate-related information.