FERC Chairman Willie L. Phillips today announced the Commission will convene a Commissioner-led roundtable on environmental justice and equity.
Phillips said the roundtable will help further the goals of the Commission’s Equity Action Plan, issued last year, which aims to reduce barriers to meaningful participation by underserved communities.
“This will provide an opportunity for FERC to hear from stakeholders on how the Commission can better incorporate environmental justice and equity considerations.” Phillips said. “Growing up in rural Alabama, I know first-hand the effect that government can have on communities. It is important that we consider the voices of historically disadvantaged communities in our decisions.”
The Commission will issue a notice in coming weeks that will identify when and how the roundtable will be conducted.