Monday, July 26, 2010

Environmental Justice Guidance Document

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released interim guidance to help agency staff incorporate environmental justice into the agency’s rulemaking process.

The guidance document, “Interim Guidance on Considering Environmental Justice During the Development of an Action”, seeks to advance environmental justice for low-income, minority and indigenous communities and tribal governments who have been historically underrepresented in the regulatory decision-making process. The guidance also outlines the multiple steps that EPA program offices can take to incorporate the needs of overburdened neighborhoods into the agency’s decision-making, scientific analysis, and rule development.

EPA is also seeking public feedback on how to best implement and improve the guide for agency staff to further advance efforts toward environmental justice.

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