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Environmental Justice and Enforcement

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois is committed to protecting those who are disproportionately burdened by environmental and health hazards.

The District’s Environmental Justice initiative is made in accordance with Executive Order 14008, which mandates that “[a]gencies shall make achieving environmental justice part of their missions by developing programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, climate-related and other cumulative impacts on disadvantaged communities, as well as the accompanying economic challenges of such impacts.”

Assistant United States Attorneys Kurt Lindland and Timothy Chapman serve as the District’s Environmental Justice Coordinators. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office welcomes information from the public regarding possible environmental, health, and climate impacts on individuals and communities in northern Illinois.  You may submit information or concerns regarding environmental harms by mail or phone. 

Mail: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, attention Kurt Lindland and Timothy Chapman, 219 S. Dearborn St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: (312) 353-5300 (please ask to speak with Kurt Lindland or Timothy Chapman)

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois has recently handled several cases regarding environmental issues:

In addition to the U.S. Attorney’s Office's Environmental Justice initiative, other federal and state agencies provide helpful resources and information:

Updated October 5, 2023