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On February 11, 1994, President Clinton issued Executive Order 12898, "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice (EJ) in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations." The Executive Order requires federal agencies, to the greatest extent practicable, and as permitted by law, to achieve environmental justice by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including interrelated social and economic effects, of their programs, policies and activities on minority populations and low-income populations."

Under the Environmental Justice Strategic Plan, the Department of the Interior has established 4 goals. Reclamation is addressing these goals through the following activities:

DOI Goal 1

The Department will involve minority and low-income communities as we make environmental decisions and assure public access to our environmental information.

DOI Goal 2

The Department will provide its employees environmental justice guidance and with the help of minority and low-income communities develop training which will reduce their exposure to environmental health and safety hazards.

DOI Goal 3

The Department will use and expand its science, research, and data collection capabilities on innovative solutions to environmental justice-related issues (for example, assisting in the identification of different consumption patterns of populations who rely principally on fish and/or wildlife for subsistence).

DOI Goal 4

The Department will use our public partnership opportunities with environmental and grassroots groups, business, academic, labor organizations, and Federal, Tribal, and local governments to advance environmental justice.

Reclamation Resources


Reclamation Contacts for Environmental Justice

DOI Resources


DOI Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance

EPA Resources
  Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Program
Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (IWG)
Other Resources
  Environmental Justice Guidance under the NEPA
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

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Last Update: September 24, 2010 1:57 PM