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Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

Federal Interagency Working Group
EJ IWG Members

Environmental Protection Agency (Chair)

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Veteran's Affairs
  • General Services Administration
  • Small Business Administration
  • White House Offices

“We want to put an end to the days when public health and economic potential are harmed by disproportionate exposure to pollution... Our continued success relies on close collaboration with our federal partners and strong input from the groups and individuals engaged at the community level.” - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

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The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) was established in 1994 under Executive Order (EO) 12898 PDF (6 pp, 123K). The role of the EJ IWG is to guide, support and enhance federal environmental justice and community-based activities. The EJ IWG is comprised of 17 federal agencies and several White House offices.

As one of its outreach efforts, the EJ IWG, has created two documents to assist communities with accessing information about federal agencies and their programs as a part of the ongoing effort to improve community participation in federal programs.

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Responses to Comments Received at 2011 Alaska Forum on the Environment

2011 Alaska Forum

The EJ IWG conducted 18 community dialogues across the country from February 2011 to November 2011. Comments and concerns of the community were recorded at each meeting. The IWG's commitment was that its agency partners would provide responses to communities about the concerns that were raised during these meetings.

Read the responses to public comments received at the 2011 Alaska Forum (PDF) (33 pp, 200K)

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EJ IWG Members Sign Memorandum of Understanding, Renewing EJ Commitments

On August 4, 2011, heads of 17 federal agencies and White House offices took an important step in the Administration's effort to support environmental justice by signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 (EJ MOU) (PDF) (6 pp, 42K). The EJ MOU broadens the EJ IWG to include additional agencies, requires each agency to publish an environmental justice strategy, adopts an EJ IWG Charter (PDF) (4 pp, 33K), and articulates additional commitments made by member agencies.

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Current Environmental Justice Efforts

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Past EJ IWG Initiatives

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