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Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

Federal agencies must identify and address, as appropriate, “disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of their programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.” - E.O. 12898


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  • September 1, 2015: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • September 16, 2015: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
  • October 13, 2015: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

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The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) was established in 1994 under Executive Order (EO) 12898 PDF (6 pp, 123K). The role of the EJ IWG is to guide, support and enhance federal environmental justice and community-based activities. The EJ IWG is comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices.

As one of its outreach efforts, the EJ IWG, has created a directory of member agencies (PDF) (52 pp, 886K) and a guide of community-based resources (PDF) (126 pp, 3MB) to assist communities with accessing information about federal agencies and their programs as a part of the ongoing effort to improve community participation in federal programs.

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EJ IWG Action Agenda Framework

The EJ IWG Action Agenda Framework (PDF) (10 pp, 254K) seeks to advance greater federal agency collaboration to improve the quality of life and to expand economic opportunity in overburdened and under-resourced communities. The Framework is the EJ IWG’s three-year strategic plan to advance environmental justice.

Call for Public Comment

EPA, as convener of the EJ IWG, is seeking public comment on the Draft Framework. The open public comment period has been extended to October 30, 2015. Stakeholders and the public can review the Framework and submit comments to ejstrategy@epa.gov. In addition to the public comment period, the EJ IWG is hosting several national webinars about the draft Framework. Information about the webinars can be found to the right.

For more information, or to participate in dialogue sessions with EPA, please contact Marsha Minter (minter.marsha@epa.gov), Associate Director, Office of Environmental Justice.

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EJ IWG Members

Below is a list of the EJ IWG member agencies and links to their environmental justice websites, where you can find agency strategies and progress reports. For EPA's strategy and progress report, please refer to Plan EJ 2014.

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Current Environmental Justice Efforts

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