The White House has released a screening tool to help identify disadvantaged communities plagued by environmental hazards.
But the administration won’t include race as a factor in deciding where to allocate resources.
Officials told reporters Friday excluding race will make projects less likely to draw legal challenges and will be easier to defend.
This is despite the fact that the White House acknowledges race has been a major factor in terms of who experiences environmental injustice.
Members of the environmental justice community harshly challenged the decision.
President Biden has made combating climate change a priority of his administration.
His executive order sets a goal that 40% of overall benefits from climate and environment investments would go to disadvantaged communities.