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Environmental Justice and Tribal Initiative

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental justice is defined in California law as “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

Department of Toxic Substances Control defines environmental justice as “equal application of environmental protection for all communities and citizens without regard to race, national origin or income.”


Environmental Justice in Action
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice has officially launched its 20th Anniversary Video Series. These videos feature federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders and students who share stories about the lessons that they have learned over their time working on environmental justice. 

  • The first video available on the blog, June 14, 2012, features Vernice Miller-Travis. The focus of the first video is on the lessons learned from the people who have been working in the communities over the last 20 years.




West Oakland Pilot Project

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