The Justice Department recently announced the restoration of supplemental environmental projects, or SEPs, used in an effort to help low-income communities of color, which was previously prohibited under the Trump administration.

Pillsbury Environmental & Natural Resources partner and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air office Anne Austin told Bloomberg that the Biden administration now appears to be framing SEPs as a tool to advance environmental justice.

“It seems that an increased emphasis will be placed on the utilization of SEPs to bring even greater benefits to [environmental justice] communities outside of existing federal statutory authorities,” Austin told Bloomberg. Risk of a legal challenge to DOJ’s final interim rule is anticipated to be low given, “the optics of such moves from the regulated community would be tough to overcome in the court of public opinion.”

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