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Environmental JusticeEnvironmental justice will be defined.Examples in history that prompted the environmental justicemovement will be discussed as well as what was done to address the issue.What is Environmental Justice?Environmental justice is a concept that is currently discussed whenever an environmental policy isproposed. In every sector of society (transportation, industrial, commercial, residential), environmentaljustice is a focus before a regulation is finalized.But what is it?Environmental justice is the fair treatment of all individuals regardless of race, color, income,demographics, etc. The goal is to ensure equal protection from environmental and health hazards.Environmental justice is considered by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), an independentagency known as the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), and the Office ofEnvironmental Justice (OEJ). EPA’s focus is on the development, implementation, and enforcement ofequitable environmental policies.Directive for Environmental JusticeEPA’s directive for environmental justice covers:•setting standards•issuing grants and funding•providing permits and licenses for facilities•finalizing regulationsNEJAC is responsible for providing recommendations to EPA concerning stakeholder issues pertaining toenvironmental regulations. NEJAC also coordinates stakeholder forums to discuss environmentalpolicies. OEJ manages EPA’s effort to incorporate environmental justice in all environmental actions. OEJalso ensures that EPA regulation is equally protecting the minority, low-income, and vulnerablecommunities from environmental hazards.Fair Treatment and Meaningful InvolvementTo further understand environmental justice, it is important to define what fair treatment and meaningfulinvolvement means.Fair treatment simply states that everyone will get the same treatment. No one will bear more negativeenvironmental consequences than someone else.

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Environmentalism, United States Cabinet, Environmental protection

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