Current NEJAC Activities
A key priority of EPA is to expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice. The NEJAC's work focuses on evaluating a broad range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, community engagement, and economic issues related to environmental justice.
In Fiscal Year 2013, the NEJAC will be responding to several requests for advice and recommendations:
The NEJAC Indigenous Peoples Work Group was convened in October 2011, to assist the NEJAC in developing advice and recommendations for EPA about how the Agency can more effectively work with federally-recognized tribes, indigenous stakeholders, and other interested parties living within and outside Indian country to address their environmental and public health concerns.
- Charge from EPA (PDF) (2 pp, 24K, About PDF)
- list of Work Group members (PDF) (1 pg, 83K, About PDF)
The NEJAC Science and Research Work Group was convened in October 2011 to assist the NEJAC in developing advice and recommendations for EPA about research programs and the science needed to address and prevent environmental inequities. EPA's research programs recognize that such inequities may result from varying conditions of and access to environmental resources, differential life-stages and other susceptibility factors.
The NEJAC Permitting Work Group was convened in August 2010 to assist the NEJAC in developing advice and recommendations about how the Agency can enhance environmental justice through its permitting programs. In May 2011, the NEJAC transmitted its report of advice and recommendations to the Administrator. The Work Group continues to examine Agency efforts related to environmental justice and permitting; the work group has been tasked by the NEJAC to prepare draft recommendations.
The information, reports and recommendations listed on these pages are the products of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, an independent council created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, to provide independent advice and recommendations on the subject of environmental justice to the EPA Administrator
The information, reports and recommendations found on this site reflect the opinions and views of the independent National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and not necessarily the views or opinions of the U.S. EPA.