Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Department of Justice Annual Implementation Progress Report

On February 11, 2014, the Department released its 2013 Environmental Justice Implementation Progress Report. DOJ continues its commitment to utilize its authorities to fulfill the mandate of Executive Order 12898 through enforcement of environmental and civil rights laws and community engagement. The Attorney General has marked the 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order with a statement commemorating this day on The Justice Blog. The public is encouraged to comment on the 2013 progress report as well as any other environmental justice activities of the Department.

Department of Justice Environmental Justice Strategy

The US Department of Justice is pleased to share its Environmental Justice Strategyand its Environmental Justice Guidance.  The Department initially prepared these documents to implement the Department’s commitments in the area of environmental justice following the issuance of Executive Order 12898 on February 11, 1994.  The Executive Order directed all federal agencies to develop a strategy that “identifies and addresses disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.”  Sec. 1-103(a), Executive Order 12898.

The Department has carefully re-evaluated its Strategy and Guidance in light of the recently adopted Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 signed by DOJ and multiple other agencies in August 2011 to reflect renewed commitments on realizing the goals of environmental justice.  We believe our initial Environmental Justice Strategy and Guidance continue to fully reflect the goals and commitments of the Department of Justice.  We will continue to examine the Strategy and Guidance for potential revisions and welcome comments on these documents.

The Strategy and Guidance have helped guide many activities promoting environmental justice within the Department.  This website highlights examples of the important work and accomplishments in recent years, including a series of recent environmental justice listening sessions with community members and groups across the country, as well as results achieved in particular cases.

Updated: February 2014