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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Environmental Justice Program


The guiding principle of the Office of Environmental Justice is that everyone, regardless of race or income, is entitled to share equally in the benefits of environmental protection.

 


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The goal of our Environmental Justice Team is to ensure that all people are protected from disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards. Environmental Justice is about real people facing real problems and designing practical solutions to address challenging environmental issues. The environmental justice movement advocates programs that promote environmental protection within the context of sustainable development.

Frequently Asked Questions about Environmental Justice



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Environmental Justice Training Workshop

EPA will conduct an Environmental Justice Training Workshop for EJ community leaders August 6-8, 2014, in Houston, Texas.  The workshop is free, but space is limited.  Limited travel assistance may be available.  Register today!

Register for the EJ Workshop

Flyer for the EJ Workshop (1p, 273KB, About PDF)


EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice Strategy

The Region 6 Environmental Justice Strategy is a broad set of principles designed to address the goals of the FY14-FY18 Cross Agency Strategy for Working to Make a Visible Difference in Communities.

Environmental Justice Strategy (1p, 126KB, About PDF)


Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

As part of ongoing work under Plan EJ 2014 to integrate environmental justice into EPA programs, in May 2013, the EPA issued new documents to describe steps in the permitting process that the Agency is taking to consider environmental justice and enhance opportunities for community involvement.  Region 6 is participating in the EJ in Permitting Initiative and has developed a Regional Implementation Plan that describes the types of permits that will be involved.

Learn more about the Regional Implementation Plan for Region 6 (6pp, 179KB, About PDF)

Learn more about Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Frequently asked Questions about EPA Actions and Promising Practices (8pp, 132KB, About PDF)


Port Arthur Showcase Community Profile

The Westside Community in Port Arthur, Texas, was one of 10 locations selected for EPA’s national Environmental Justice Showcase Communities project in November 2009. As part of the two-year project, EPA Region 6 developed an environmental profile to help residents understand important environmental factors in their area. The environmental profile provides a snapshot of air, water, and land conditions affecting public health in the Westside Community.

Port Arthur Westside Community Environmental Profile

Port Arthur Westside Community Environmental Profile (Printable Version)
(2pp, 952KB, About PDF)


Grant Resource Guide

EPA Region 6 has created a guide to assist community leaders, non-profits and tribes with identifying EPA resources that can support community efforts to protect and renew the environment and create a healthier and more sustainable future for their citizens. This guide can also be used by states, local governments and businesses to reach out to their communities and share information about EPA resources.

Grant Resource Guide (12pp,895KB, About PDF)

Grant Resource Brochure (2pp, 700KB, About PDF)


More Resources for EJ Communities

The Community-Based Federal Environmental Justice Resource Guide identifies federal programs, projects and other efforts that can help communities with technical or financial assistance.  The Environmental Justice Federal Interagency Directory provides the public with contact information to better engage agencies on EJ/community-based matters.

Community-Based Federal Environmental Justice Resource Guide

Environmental Justice Federal Interagency Directory


EJView Mapping Tool Now Available

EPA’s mapping tool, EJView, is now publicly available. EJView is designed to allow users to choose and map demographic, environmental, and health data.  EJView is an upgrade to the Environmental Justice Geographic Assessment Tool (EJGAT). It includes the same functionality as EJGAT, but is now faster and easier to use.

More information about EJView

To start using the tool


EPA Provides Spanish and Chinese Language Sites

EPA has launched a new consolidated Chinese-language Web site as part of its ongoing effort to provide environmental information in English, Spanish and Chinese. The new site compiles EPA Chinese-language materials on a wide variety of issues from lead poisoning prevention, energy efficiency, and clean water to proper management of pesticides. The site also serves as a valuable tool in delivering important health and environmental information to the Chinese-speaking community, both here in the U.S. and worldwide, to help protect local communities as well as the global environment. Chinese is the third most widely-spoken language in the U.S., after English and Spanish.

View EPA’s Chinese site

View EPA’s Spanish portal


Supplemental Environmental Projects

SEPs are environmentally beneficial projects that a violator voluntarily agrees to undertake during settlement of an enforcement action. The purpose of a SEP is to secure significant environmental or public health protection improvements beyond those achieved by bringing the violator into compliance.

Learn more about SEPs in Region 6

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