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Biden launches plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat

The Labor Department and other federal agencies are launching actions intended to reduce heat-related illness and protect public health.

NEW ORLEANS — The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat. 

The initiative comes after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. 

Under a plan to be announced Monday, the Labor Department and other federal agencies are launching actions intended to reduce heat-related illness and protect public health.

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy calls heat stress a “silent killer” that disproportionately affects the poor, elderly, and minority groups.