Environmental Justice

“Each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.”

Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, 1994.

This order ensures the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races, cultures, and income with respect to development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, programs, and policies.  Fair treatment means that no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic group should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from the operation of industrial, municipal, and commercial enterprises and from the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal; programs and policies.

In order to illustrate the Environmental Justice conditions in the Buckeye Hills region, the following series of maps have been created.  If you have questions about Environmental Justice, or have concerns that an activity is taking place in violation of the stated aim of this law, please contact the Transportation Planning Manager.