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Environmental Justice (EJ)
 
Environmental Justice

In July 1992, EPA published a report, entitled "Reducing Risk for All Communities," which noted that minorities and low-income communities experience higher than average exposures to selected air pollutants, hazardous waste facilities, and other forms of environmental pollution. The EPA's Administrator Browner reaffirmed the EPA's commitment to Environmental Justice (EJ) in 1993. President Clinton signed Executive Order (EO) 12898 on February 11, 1994 to establish EJ as a national priority. The EO directs federal agencies to address human health and environmental issues in low-income and/or minority communities with the goal of achieving environmental protection for all communities. Section 2-2 of the EO directed Federal agencies to develop by March 24, 1995, EJ strategies to promote non-discrimination in federal programs substantially affecting human health and environment, and to provide minority and low income communities access to public information on, and an opportunity for public participation in, matters relating to human health or the environment.

NASA's EJ Strategy is posted on the EPA's Compliance and Enforcement Website. The purpose of the strategy is to ensure the integration of environmental justice into NASA's programs, policies, and activities. The strategy provides a broad framework of the items to be accomplished by each Center to achieve EJ. The strategy remains in effect and applies to Center NEPA programs and actions. For example, the Ames Environmental Procedural Requirements contains a chapter on Environmental Justice (click here for link) which states the "Ames' EJ Implementation Plan contains a framework of the ten (10) requirements stated in the NASA Environmental Justice Strategy."

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Page Last Updated: October 7th, 2014
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