2022 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hashmi
Interagency Environmental Justice Workgroup Extension (language only)

Item 373 #1s

Item 373 #1s

Natural and Historic Resources
Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources


Page 402, after line 39, insert:

"D.1. There is hereby established the Interagency Environmental Justice Working Group, to be comprised of 10 environmental justice coordinators representing each of the Governor's Secretaries. The Secretary of Natural Resources shall designate a chairman and vice chairman from among the membership of the Working Group. In addition, the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice shall appoint two representatives as designated by the Council.

2. The Working Group shall conduct an assessment of the processes and resources required of state agencies to develop agency-specific environmental justice policies. In conducting its assessment, the Working Group shall provide that agency policies at a minimum: (i) ensure environmental justice is meaningfully considered in the administration of agency regulations; (ii) consistently identify environmental justice communities and fenceline communities; (iii) identify how such communities are affected by agencies' regulatory activities; (iv) consider the economic development and infrastructure needs of environmental justice communities and fenceline communities in agency decision-making processes; and (v) contain robust public participation plans for residents of environmental justice communities and fenceline communities potentially affected by agency actions.

3. The Working Group shall provide initial findings of its assessment, and associated recommendations, to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by December 1, 2022."


(This amendment reauthorizes the Interagency Environmental Justice Work Group through the 2022-24 biennium and expands its membership to include two representatives from the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice.)