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United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina Appoints Environmental Justice Coordinator

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — United States Attorney Adair F. Boroughs has announced the appointment of Assistant United States Attorney Johanna Valenzuela to be the District’s first Environmental Justice Coordinator.  Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.  Ms. Valenzuela is Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, where she litigates civil environmental cases and other enforcement matters.

“Our office is especially committed to protecting South Carolinians who are disproportionately burdened by environmental and health hazards,” said U.S. Attorney Boroughs. “By reporting public health and safety concerns, South Carolina residents can help to ensure firm but fair enforcement of our nation’s environmental and public health laws. These laws allow all our families a better opportunity to live, play, and work.”

The Office welcomes information from the public regarding possible environmental, health, and climate impacts on individuals and communities in the district. 

Members of the public may submit information or concerns regarding environmental harms by email, mail, or phone. 


Mail:              U.S. Attorney’s Office

                        District of South Carolina

                        1441 Main Street, Suite 500

                        Columbia, SC 29201

                        Attn: Johanna Valenzuela, Environmental Justice Coordinator

Phone:    803-929-3000.

Environmental Justice Brochure

For more information about Environmental Justice and Enforcement for the District of South Carolina, please visit

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Derek A. Shoemake (843) 813-0982

Updated February 21, 2023

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