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Advancing Environmental Justice through Compliance and Enforcement

Overview

EPA, through its Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), completed a comprehensive plan for integrating environmental justice into all aspects of the enforcement life cycle, from the selection and implementation of OECA’s work to remedies in enforcement actions, leading to significant benefits to overburdened communities. Using the enforcement life-cycle model, every enforcement office has developed guidance for incorporating environmental justice into its work.

Beyond 2014, OECA will sustain EPA’s efforts to advance EJ by continuing to integrate EJ into its program strategies, national enforcement priorities, civil and criminal enforcement activities, and compliance activities. OECA will continue to implement existing EJ tools and guidance in order to integrate EJ considerations throughout the enforcement life cycle.

As appropriate, OECA will further refine or develop tools and guidance to promote compliance with federal environmental laws and regulations. To enable broader integration of EJ, OECA will increase collaboration with other federal, state, tribal and local government partners, as appropriate. OECA will also support EPA’s Cross-Agency Strategy on Making a Visible Difference in Communities.

Read the implementation plan on compliance and enforcement initiatives (PDF) (26 pp, 804K, About PDF).

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