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What is environmental justice?

What is environmental justice?

 
 

According to the EPA, “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”. The goal is for everyone to enjoy “the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to having a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

Source: EPA environmental justice


In 1994, Bill Clinton signed the Executive Order 12898. The purpose of this order “is to focus federal attention on the environmental and human health effects of federal actions on minority and low-income populations with the goal of achieving environmental protection for all communities” (EPA).