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Plan EJ 2014

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Plan EJ 2014 is a roadmap that will help EPA integrate environmental justice into the Agency’s programs, policies, and activities. Plan EJ 2014 identifies Cross-Agency Focus Areas, Tools Development, and Program Initiatives as three essential elements that will advance environmental justice across the EPA and the federal government. Plan EJ 2014 is named in recognition of the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s issuance of Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (PDF) (6 pp, 122K).

In implementing the Plan, EPA will seek to meaningfully engage with communities and stakeholders.

The goals of the plan are to:

Plan EJ 2014 is not a rule or regulation. It is a strategy to help integrate environmental justice into EPA's day to day activities.

The Agency provided public comment periods and conducted outreach from July 2010 to November 2011. Here are the Agency responses to public comments received through April 2011 (PDF) (62 pp, 1.3MB).

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EPA will issue annual reports documenting the progress toward meeting the commitments outlined in Plan EJ 2014. The annual reports will be made available to the public through EPA’s website.

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Tribal Consultation

EPA is continuing its consultation and coordination with federally recognized tribes on EPA's Plan EJ 2014. EPA invites all tribes to participate in this process, expected to extend from September 21 – November 21, 2011. Agency responses to comments received have been posted below.

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What Happens in 2014?

In 2014, EPA will make an assessment of its progress in achieving the goals of Plan EJ 2014. Based on this assessment, EPA will produce a report on the accomplishments, lessons learned, challenges, and next steps for continuing the Agency's efforts to make environmental justice an integral part of every decision.

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Elements of the Plan

Cross-Agency Focus Areas

Tools Development

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“Through our implementation of Plan EJ 2014, the EPA will be leading by example in expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice – now and into the future.” - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson


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