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Cleanups at Federal Facilities

Environmental Justice at Federal Facilities

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. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental  and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work.

Federal Facilities Working Group of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council
EPA tasked National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) to identify key issues of concern to environmental justice communities, including tribes, related to contamination and cleanup activities at federal facilities. In 2000, NEJAC formed the Federal Facilities Working Group, which consisted of 11 ethinically and geographically diverse members representing tribal, state and local governments; private industry; community groups; academia, and non-governmental organizations.

Responses and Plan EJ 2014: