Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Department of Justice Annual Implementation Progress Report

The Department has released its 2017 Environmental Justice Implementation Progress Report which highlights some of its efforts to advance environmental justice during 2017. 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 public is encouraged to comment on the 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 Strategy and its Environmental Justice Guidance updated in 2014.  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.

In light of the significant and unprecedented steps DOJ has taken to ensure that environmental justice principles inform the way we perform our work and lead to meaningful results in communities, the Department conducted a thorough review of the 1995 Strategy and Guidance documents to ensure they reflect our strengthened approach to addressing environmental justice.  While much of these documents remained timely and applicable, it was appropriate to update and reissue them now.  We will continue to periodically 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