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Assisting People with Limited English Proficiency

On August 11, 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13166 entitled, "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency." The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them. The Executive Order also requires that the Federal agencies work to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance provide meaningful access to their LEP applicants and beneficiaries.

In compliance with Executive Order 13166, EPA is charged with:

  1. drafting Title VI guidance to set forth a general outline for EPA financial assistance recipients to apply in developing guidelines to provide meaningful access to LEP persons who participate in their programs and activities; and
  2. drafting and implementing an internal Agency LEP plan by which LEP persons can have meaningful access to EPA programs.

On June 25, 2004, the EPA Office of Civil Rights (now known as the External Civil Rights Office (ECRCO) issued a Policy Guidance Document entitled, "Guidance to Environmental Protection Agency Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons" for public comment.

On February 23, 2017, ECRCO published the updated EPA Order 1000.32 "Compliance with Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency". The Order outlines necessary steps that the Agency needs to take in order to provide meaningful language access to limited-English proficient persons.

Guidance and Materials for EPA and its Recipients

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