Interim Guidance on Considering Environmental Justice During the Development of an Action
EPA is releasing an interim guide on incorporating environmental justice into the Agency’s process for developing rules and regulations. The Interim Guidance on Considering Environmental Justice During the Development of an Action PDF (53 pp, 1MB, about PDF) is a step-by-step guide that helps EPA staff ask questions and evaluate environmental justice considerations at key points in the rulemaking process. It helps EPA staff determine whether actions raise possible environmental justice concerns and encourages public participation in the rulemaking process.
The Guide is part of EPA’s efforts to advance environmental justice and to protect the health and safety of the historically underrepresented in the environmental decision-making process—minority, low-income, and indigenous populations, and tribes—who are often most at risk from environmental hazards.
EPA accepted feedback and input on how to best implement and improve the Guide and on ways EPA can further advance efforts toward environmental justice. The comment period has closed. EPA will now review the comments and make necessary revisions before releasing the final Guide by December 2011.