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Environmental Justice

Faces of the Grassroots: Environmental Justice Video Contest
Environmental Justice Plan

Environmental Justice (EJ) 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.

Fair treatment means that no group of people, including any racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic group, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies.

Meaningful involvement means that potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health. This is important because the public's contribution can influence the regulatory agency's decision. An agency should strive to facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected and ensure the concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision making process.

NYC Environmental Justice Listening Session Report [PDF 411K, 39 pp] (September 2009): This report summarizes the questions, comments and concerns expressed by participants representing communities from all five New York City boroughs and provides answers to many of the questions raised at the session. The responses are mainly organized by subject area, since many of the concerns were similar or overlapped, despite coming from representatives of different neighborhoods. Some, which were neighborhood or issue-specific, have been addressed in separate segments. Issues specific to NYC and New York State regulations or authorities were addressed directly by the respective agencies.

Region 2 Interim Environmental Justice Policy (December 2000): Region 2's Interim Environmental Justice Policy addresses the requirements of President Clinton's Executive Order #12898 [PDF 122K, 6 pp] and method Region 2 staff are expected to use when evaluating and assessing environmental justice concerns in the region's communities. The policy is also available as a PDF. [PDF 511K, 56 pp]

Housing Impacted By IndustryRegion 2 EJ Action Plan [PDF 168K, 43 pp]: EPA Region 2 is very active in local environmental justice issues. Its annual action plan represents the environmental justice commitments of the region.

Grants: There are many funding opportunities within Region 2. Specific grants offered for environmental justice programs are the Environmental Justice Small Grants and Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving (EJ CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. If you would like to apply for a grant, you can download our application kit.

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