Spokane – Attorney Vanessa Waldrive of the Eastern District of Washington has been selected to lead the Environmental Justice and Environmental Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). As chair of the Environmental Justice Subcommittee, U.S. Attorney General Waldrich will play a key role in advising the AGAC on environmental issues of importance to the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s offices across the country.
“I am delighted that my colleagues and Attorney General Garland have chosen me for this important role,” said US Attorney Waldrif. The Ministry of Justice makes important contributions to environmental protection and public health. We all benefit from the strict enforcement of laws that ensure a healthy environment for all families to live, learn, play and work.”
As chair of the subcommittee, U.S. Attorney General Waldriff also serves as the lead for implementation of the Department of Justice’s comprehensive environmental justice strategy. US Attorney Waldrive trains US attorneys’ assistants in all 94 US bar offices to develop environmental sanitation practice and participate in community awareness of important environmental issues affecting each county. US Attorney Waldrif stated: “I am pleased to build an infrastructure within the United States Attorney’s offices across the country to address environmental protection issues that defend vital resources and ensure safe living and working conditions for all residents of our communities. No group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the consequences. negative environmental impacts resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies.
Prior to her appointment, U.S. Attorney Aldrif worked for the Department of Justice’s Division of Environment and National Resources advocating for the enforcement of pollution control laws. While working as the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, she also taught several courses at Gonzaga Law School, including environmental law, where her teaching focused on the tangible ways in which environmental and workplace safety regulations protect our homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.
U.S. Attorney Waldrift is committed to promoting environmental protection practices in their region of origin: “In eastern Washington, we take pride in the beauty of our mountains, our trees, our lakes, our rivers, and the sustenance that our natural resources provide. Indigenous peoples first lived on these lands, and they cultivated these resources for future generations. Protecting our own fishing resources Hunting, farming and a healthy high quality of life make our region safer and stronger.”
The Attorney General’s Advisory Committee was established nearly 50 years ago by Attorney General Elliot Richardson. The purpose of the commission is to give US attorneys a voice in the department’s policies and to advise the United States Attorney General.
Reporting public health and safety concerns supports a safe community for all. The EPA’s online reporting form directs concerns to the appropriate regulatory authority: https://echo.epa.gov/report-environmental-violations. When reporting environmental, health, and safety concerns, U.S. Attorney Waldrif encourages residents of eastern Washington to also call the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Civil Rights and Environmental Protection phone line at (509) 835-6306 or email at USAWAE.Environment@usdoj.gov. Notification by the US Attorney’s Office helps us protect the community from harmful violations of federal environmental, health, and safety laws.
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