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Environmental Justice and Enforcement

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) prioritizes the enforcement of civil and criminal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste laws. Working with our U.S. Department of Justice partners and other federal agencies, we seek to secure environmental justice for all EDVA communities to ensure that everyone enjoys equal access to healthy environments in which to live, learn, play, and work.

Environmental Justice is a principle that combines civil rights with environmental protection by recognizing that all people, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, politics, gender identity, disability, age, or socioeconomic status, deserve fair treatment and meaningful involvement with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental law, regulations, and policies within their communities. 

In order to enhance and advance this important environmental justice work, EDVA invites information from the public regarding possible environmental, health, and climate impacts on individuals and communities in the district.  Please submit information or concerns regarding environmental justice to us by email at

Please note information can also be reported via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) online reporting form, which directs concerns to the EPA or other appropriate regulatory authority:

Updated September 29, 2022