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AAPI Issues

(A PDF version of this AAPI Issues Fact Sheet is also available [8KB, 2pp.] )

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As the least segregated minority group, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) live in communities where they face the same adverse environmental impacts as all other residents. However, certain AAPI subgroups may be more adversely affected by environmental factors due to their lifestyle, customs, and everyday activities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment - air, water, and land - upon which life depends. Despite EPA's broad environmental mandate certain populations, such as AAPIs, may not have easy access or fully utilize EPA's programs and services because of a lack of awareness of the full range of opportunities available to them. The following list highlights issues that affect AAPIs as they relate to EPA's mission.

General Issues:

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EPA's Role in Meeting the Needs of AAPI Communities

EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, especially where communities are affected by environmental factors such as air and water pollution, toxic chemicals, and hazardous waste. The agency actively supports the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) to increase AAPI participation and involvement by fostering opportunities for economic development, community partnerships, education, and employment.

EPA is developing an inventory of programs and activities to benefit AAPI communities and is planning to collect environmentally-related data on AAPI populations and subpopulations. The agency will also conduct several community site visits to areas with large and diverse AAPI populations, particularly in low-income areas where the need for federal attention is greatest. EPA hopes these efforts will help the agency develop a meaningful report and implementation plan for the White House Initiative that not only meets the agency's goals, mandates, and budget constraints, but also reflects a commitment and sensitivity to the AAPI community.

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