The basic principles of environmental justice advocate for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of disproportionately affected communities in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws. This especially refers to the siting and permitting of large industrial operations.
For years, the considerably lofty goals of environmental justice had limited, if any, practical or operational ramifications for businesses.
The tides are changing
A number of actions have recently been implemented at both the federal and state levels in the environmental justice policy world.
Initial policy developments have been focused on directing funding and resources to disproportionately affected communities to study and ameliorate impacts from concentrated areas of pollution. Agencies are also increasingly focused on ramping up enforcement, incorporating environmental justice into natural resource damage (NRD) actions, and imposing new requirements or heightened scrutiny in major permit applications or renewals.
The impacts of environmental justice are also on the rise in corporate governance and disclosures, as well as corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.
We steer you through
Our team advises clients in all industries on anticipating and managing environmental justice issues throughout the life cycle of a project, from planning, communications, community engagement and financing, to investment, permitting, compliance counseling, and defense.
Impacts to the regulated community are expected to increase as new environmental justice requirements are enacted, enforcement policies enhanced, and lawsuits are filed. We will be walking our clients through these changes as they arise.
- Real Estate & Corporate Transactions
- Environmental Remediation
- Redevelopment Projects
- Environmental Litigation & Cost Recovery
- Environmental Land Use Permitting
- Environmental Permitting, Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement Defense
- Environmental Insurance
- Business Strategy: Environmental Risk Mitigation & Management
- Climate Change, Renewable Energy & Sustainability
- Environmental Issues in Trust & Estate Planning
- Solid Waste
- Environmental Justice