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EPA Environmental Justice Research

environmental justice, playground, smoke stacks Agency researchers provide the scientific basis needed to fulfill EPA’s commitment to advancing Environmental Justice (EJ), “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.”  

Researchers conduct and support studies that lead to a better understanding of how health disparities can arise from unequal environmental conditions and exposures to pollution. Research focuses on developing information, tools, and other resources that empower communities to take action.

Environmental Justice: Research Areas and Resources

Environmental Justice Research Publications