The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) this week issued an Unsealed Request for Proposal (URFP) for a qualified external consultant to conduct an environmental justice study for the agency. Through this URFP, research will be conducted to identify options and recommendations for DEQ in order to develop a strategic approach focused on environmental justice issues.
DEQ expects the selected consultant to research strategies, as well as the regulatory and statutory authorities, of other government entities including state, local, and federal agencies. Anticipated recommendations include regulatory actions within existing DEQ authority and potential regulatory and statutory changes that clarify or expand state authority to promote equity in environmental decision-making. The study also will result in a plan to enhance DEQ’s education, communication, and outreach.
“In accordance with our mission, DEQ will develop a clear process for incorporating environmental justice principles into our strategic planning and program implementation,” said DEQ Director David Paylor. “DEQ will continue to keep the public informed and will engage stakeholders on the results of this important initiative as we move forward.”
The solicitation can be found here.