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EPA - 84625 - White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council - Presidential


Committee NameWhite House Environmental Justice Advisory CouncilAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number84625
Original Establishment Date3/30/2021Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FY Max Number of Members*40
Current Charter Date3/30/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter3/30/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Victoria
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Robinson
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Executive Order 14008Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-6349
Effective Date Of Authority*1/27/2021Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) provides independent advice and recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and to the White House Interagency Council on Environmental Justice (IAC) on how to increase the federal government’s efforts to address current and historic environmental injustice, including recommendations for updating Executive Order 12898. The WHEJAC accomplishes its purpose by either developing work products from charges issued by CEQ/IAC or from independently identified environmental justice concerns from the council. The WHEJAC uses workgroups to develop draft recommendations in response to charges. Each workgroup submits draft recommendations to the full council for discussion, deliberation, and final approval. All WHEJAC final reports or letters are reviewed and approved by the full WHEJCAC before transmitting to CEQ. In FY2022, the WHEJAC held six virtual public meetings and developed five reports in response to charges outlined in Executive Order 14008.
How is membership balanced?*The WHEJAC is currently comprised of 25 members appointed by the President. During the next fiscal year, the plan is to increase membership to 40 members. The President appointed two Co-Chairpersons and two Vice-Chairpersons. Members were drawn from across the political spectrum and who have demonstrated high levels of competence, knowledge, and expertise in environmental justice, climate change, disaster preparedness, and racial inequity. Members serve as Representatives of non-federal interests for a 2-year term, and are selected to represent the points of view from among, but not limited to, environmental justice communities; environmental justice community-based organizations; environmental justice research and academia; and tribal, state, and local governments. Within each of the stakeholder representative categories, technical perspectives (such as public health, state/tribal environmental programs, community sustainability, socio-economic analysis, etc.) are sought that reflect the issues and subjects being evaluated by the Council. In addition, geographic and gender balance also are considered, ensuring that representatives of affected communities participate. This approach ensures that the membership reflects a cross-section of those directly affected by, interested in, and qualified to discuss creative and collaborative strategies to better address the human health and environmental protection needs of disadvantaged and underserved communities. All members serve as Tier 1 (parent committee) members. There are no Tier 2 subcommittees.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The role and purpose of WHEJAC aligns with Section 221 of EO 14008, which calls for an advisory committee to advise on how to increase the Federal Government's efforts to address current and historic environmental injustice, including recommendations for updating Executive Order 12898. In FY2022, the WHEJAC held six virtual public meetings with 4,327 attendees, received 735 public comments, and produced 5 full reports. During the year, the WHEJAC received briefings on topics related to: the Justice40 Initiative, climate resilience, development of the Climate & Economic Justice Screening Tool, and updates about Executive Order 12898 and the EJ Scorecard. All of these meetings were relevant and produced recommendations to the White House Council of Environmental Quality and the White House Interagency Council on Environmental Justice (IAC) to help federal agencies make achieving environmental justice part of their missions by developing programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, climate-related and other cumulative impacts on disadvantaged communities, as well as the accompanying economic challenges of such impacts.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The WHEJAC provides advice to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Interagency Advisory Council (IAC) on Environmental Justice. No other federal advisory committee is chartered to provide advice to the entire federal government about how federal agencies can prioritize environmental justice and ensure a whole-of-government approach to addressing current and historical environmental injustices.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed or partially closed during FY 2022.
Recommendation RemarksThe WHEJAC worked on five charges and provided recommendations on implementing the Justice40 initiative, developing the EJ Scorecard, building out the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, and setting air emissions limits for incinerators; as well as continued conversations about revising EO 12898. Specifically, WHEJAC recommendations focused on how agencies can better implement programs and policies and federal (investments) that result in benefits to disadvantaged communities. The WHEJAC submitted specific recommendations for the creation of an EJ Scorecard for agencies. The WHEJAC also provided additional recommendations on how to ensure the accuracy of the CEJST and improve the tool as new data become available. The last set of recommendations focused on revising incinerator emissions standards.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentThe recommendations the WHEJAC makes tend to call for broad institutional and policy changes to be undertaken by numerous federal agencies that have environmental, climate, human health, and other related programs. This process often is incremental and takes place over a long time frame and therefore is difficult to measure.Grants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*126Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe WHEJAC provides advice and recommendations to the CEQ and the 17+ agencies that comprise the IAC for environmental justice. In the first two years since the WHEJAC was chartered, the committee has issued six formal reports of recommendations and letters of advice totaling 429 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*20.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe exact percentage of recommendations above that have or will be fully implemented is difficult to estimate because the nature of policy recommendations is such that it often takes a several years to implement new policy due to changing agency priorities and resources. In addition, the WHEJAC's recommendations and meetings have been instrumental in the widespread education of agency managers and staff regarding the environmental and public health concerns of disadvantaged, underserved, and environmentally overburdened communities and tribes. This education will be helpful in bringing about behavioral change within the agencies.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*40.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSee comments above for recommendations fully implemented.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*The WHEJAC receives feedback from CEQ/IAC regarding actions taken to implement WHEJAC recommendations. In addition to feedback to Council members at WHEJAC public meetings, the EPA Office of Environmental Justice works in consultation with CEQ to coordinate an initial response (where appropriate) to the recommendations within two to three months. More formal feedback is provided within one year of submitting recommendations, and comes in the form of a report to Congress stating the proposals for action or reasons for inaction, with respect to the recommendations contained in each public report. For detailed information about agency feedback to the recommendations, please see U.S. Government response letters at the committee website: Description*The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) provides independent advice and recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and to the White House Interagency Council on Environmental Justice (IAC) about how to increase the federal government’s efforts to address current and historic environmental injustice, as well as recommendations for updating Presidential Executive Order 12898. During FY2022, the WHEJAC held six (6) public meetings and produced five (5) full reports. These public meetings serve as a forum for public dialogue about ways that federal agencies; and state, local, and tribal governments, can better address environmental justice concerns.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$346,684.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$359,703.95
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$4,322.40Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$100,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$50,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$128,349.39Est. Other Costs Next FY*$200,000.00
Total Costs$479,355.79Est. Total Next FY*$709,703.95
Date Cost Last Modified9/22/2022 10:09 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.65
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.55Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Rural Development
Fish and Wildlife
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Civil Rights
Civil Rights
Native Americans
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Disaster Assistance
Earthquake, Flood, and Fire Hazards and Administration
Fuel Transportation
Mining and Minerals
Natural Resources
Nuclear Power
Earth Sciences
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Waste Disposal
Federal Government
Public Health
Housing and Urban
Housing and Urban Development
Job Training
Occupational Safety and Health
Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use
Social Sciences
Risk Communication
Surface and Vehicular Transportation
Boating and Navigation
Water Use


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039212White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council2021