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Environmental Justice in Waste Programs

Environmental Justice in Waste Programs

Image of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson meeting with two elderly women in New Orleans, with other people in the background

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson meets
with citizens of New Orleans. (2010)

This web area provides information and resources about environmental justice efforts in EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). 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. In OSWER, that means listening to the concerns and circumstances of communities affected by land contamination or environmental emergencies.


In this Web area you will find:

About environmental justice – learn what environmental justice means and how we put it into action at EPA.

Environmental justice action plans – these plans outline steps EPA takes to make environmental justice concerns part of our work in fields such as land cleanup and emergency response.

Contacts – how to reach EPA environmental justice staff in your area.

Publications – documents and brochures with more information about environmental justice practices in EPA.

Resources – related links, laws, and regulations related to environmental justice.


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