Draft Plan EJ 2014 Implementation Plans outline actions EPA will take to advance environmental justice in each area of focus

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 06:55.

Draft Plan EJ 2014 Implementation Plans New!

To accomplish the goals outlined in Plan EJ 2014, the EPA developed nine Draft Implementation Plans which will guide agency actions in rulemaking, permitting, compliance and enforcement, community-based action, Administration wide action, science, law, information, and resources. The Draft Implementation Plans outline EPA goals, strategies, activites, deliverables, and milestones for each of the nine areas.

For each of the Draft Implementation Plans, we are asking for feedback from the public on how we can continue to address the issues that are most important to ensuring the protection of the air, water and land that support all of our nation’s communities and will result in environmental and economic health benefits.

Submit Public Comments on Regulations.gov

The Draft Plan EJ 2014 Implementation Plans outline the actions EPA will take to advance environmental justice in each area of focus. You can comment on the draft plans through April 29, 2011 on Regulations.gov. The draft plans and their docket numbers are listed below. Click on the docket number to leave your comments for that plan. Here are some questions to help formulate your comments (PDF) (7 pp, 126K).

You can also provide general or cross-cutting comments by commenting on Docket number EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0299 Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Comments submitted on Regulations.gov may take a few days before they are publicly available. We won’t be able to respond to every individual comment, but we value your input and will give your ideas careful consideration.

Read the Draft Implementation Plans Docket Number
Summary of Draft Implementation Plans (PDF) (6 pp, 154K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0299
Incorporating Environmental Justice into Rulemaking (PDF) (10 pp, 198K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0291
Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting (PDF) (13 pp, 216K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0293
Advancing Environmental Justice through Compliance and Enforcement (PDF) (18 pp, 276K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0297
Supporting Community-based Action Programs (PDF) (14 pp, 260K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0296
Fostering Administration-wide Action on Environmental Justice (PDF) (14 pp, 235K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0298
Science Tools Development (PDF) (33 pp, 469K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0290
Legal Tools Development (PDF) (4 pp, 162K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0294
Information Tools Development (PDF) (3 pp, 115K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0295
Resources Tools Development (PDF) (3 pp, 224K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0292

A printed copy of the Draft Plan EJ 2014 Draft Implementation Plans can be requested by calling 1-(800)-962-6215 or by emailing: lee [dot] charles [at] epa [dot] gov (lee [dot] charles [at] epa [dot] gov).

Plan EJ 2014  Summary of Draft Implementation Plans, March 1, 2011

INTRODUCTION

In January 2010, Administrator Jackson made Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice an Agency priority.  This priority was incorporated in the EPA Strategic Plan for 2011‐2015.  To implement this priority, EPA launched Plan EJ 2014 as the Agency’s overarching strategy for integrating environmental justice (EJ) in its programs, policies and activities. February 2014 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low‐Income Populations.”

Plan EJ 2014 seeks to:

  • Protect the environment and health in overburdened communities;
  • Empower communities to take action to improve their health and environment; and
  • Establish partnerships with local, state, tribal and federal governments and organizations toachieve healthy and sustainable communities.

Plan EJ 2014 has three major sections: Cross‐Agency Focus Areas, Tools Development Areas, and Program‐Specific Initiatives.  The following summaries outline the Draft Implementation Plans for Plan EJ 2014’s five Cross‐Agency areas and four Tools Development areas.

CROSS­AGENCY FOCUS AREAS

Incorporating Environmental Justice into Rulemaking

Goal: To more effectively protect human health and the environment for disproportionately burdened populations by developing and implementing guidance for incorporating environmental justice considerations into EPA’s rulemaking process.

Strategies:

  • Finalize the Interim Guidance on Considering Environmental Justice During the Development of an Action;
  • Facilitate and monitor implementation of guidance; and
  • Develop guidance on performing technical analyses to assess the potential distributional effects of rulemaking activities.

Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting

Goals: To enable disproportionately burdened communities to have full and meaningful access to the permitting process and to develop permits that address environmental justice issues to the greatest extent practicable under existing environmental laws.

Strategies:

  • Develop tools and recommendations that will enhance the ability of disproportionately burdened communities to participate fully and meaningfully in the permitting process;  
  • Develop tools and recommendations to assist permitting authorities to meaningfully address environmental justice in permitting decisions; and
  • Implement these tools and recommendations at EPA and work with others to do the same. 

Advancing Environmental Justice through Compliance and Enforcement

Goal: To fully integrate, over the next three years, consideration of EJ concerns into the planning and implementation of OECA’s program strategies, case targeting strategies, and development of remedies in enforcement actions to benefit vulnerable communities.  

Strategies:

  • Advance EJ goals through selection and implementation of National Enforcement Initiatives;
  • Advance EJ goals through targeting and development of compliance and enforcement actions;
  • Enhance use of enforcement and compliance tools to advance EJ goals in Regions’ geographic initiatives to address overburdened communities;
  • Seek appropriate remedies in enforcement actions to benefit vulnerable and overburdened communities and address EJ concerns; and
  • Enhance communication with affected communities and the public regarding EJ concerns and the distribution and benefits of enforcement actions, as appropriate.

Supporting Community-­Based Action Programs

Goal: To strengthen community‐based programs to engage overburdened communities and build partnerships that promote healthy, sustainable and green communities.

Strategies:

  • Advance EJ principles by building strong state and tribal partnerships through the FY2011
  • National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS) and National Program Manager (NPM) guidance; 
  • Align multiple community‐based programs to provide funding and technical assistance to build capacity to address critical issues affecting minority, low‐income, indigenous, and other underserved communities;
  • Promote a One‐EPA presence to better engage communities in the Agency’s work to protect human health and the environment;
  • Foster community‐based programs modeled on CARE principles; and
  • Explore how EPA funding, policies and programs can inform or help local decision‐makers to maximize benefits and minimize adverse impacts from land use decision‐making, planning and siting.

Fostering Administration­Wide Action on Environmental Justice

Goal: To facilitate the active involvement of all federal agencies in implementing EO 12898 by minimizing and mitigating disproportionate negative impacts while fostering environmental, public health and economic benefits for minority, low‐income, indigenous and other overburdened communities.

Strategies:

  • Assist other federal agencies to integrate EJ in their programs, policies, and activities; 
  • Work with other federal agencies to strengthen use of interagency legal tools, i.e., National Environmental Policy Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • Foster healthy and sustainable communities, with an emphasis on place‐based initiatives; and
  • Strengthen community access to federal agencies. 

TOOLS DEVELOPMENT

Science

Goal: To substantially support and conduct research, within five years, that employs participatory principles and integrates social and physical sciences aimed at understanding and illuminating solutions to environmental and health inequalities among low income, minority, indigenous, underserved and overburdened populations and communities in the US.  All Agency decisions will make use of the information, data, and analytic tools produced.  

Strategies:

  • Apply integrated trans‐disciplinary and community‐based participatory research approaches with a focus on addressing multi‐media, cumulative impacts and equity in environmental health;
  • Create mechanisms to incorporate perspectives from community‐based organizations and community leaders into EPA research agendas and engaging in collaborative partnerships with them on science and research to address environmental justice;
  • Leverage partnerships with other federal agencies on issues of research, policy and action to address health disparities;
  • Build and strengthen the technical capacity of Agency scientists on conducting research in partnership with impacted communities and translating research results to inform change; and
  • Build and strengthen technical capacity of community‐based organizations and community environmental justice and health leaders.

Law

Goal: To provide legal assistance to EPA policy makers and other Agency decision‐makers to advance their environmental justice objectives. 

Strategy:

  • Provide legal support to each Plan EJ 2914 Cross‐Agency Focus Area workgroup.  

Information (EJ Screen Project)

Goal: To make a nationally consistent screening tool available to all Program Offices and Regions within three years.   

Strategy:

  • Develop an EJ screening layer for placement on the EPA’s geospatial platform. 

Resources Tools Development

Goals:

Grants and Technical Assistance Goal: To develop an efficient and effective system for delivering financial and technical assistance to communities to empower them to improve their health and environment.  

Strategies:

  • Increase transparency and efficiency in providing community‐based grant opportunities;
  • Improve delivery of technical assistance to communities;
  • Strengthen grants training for communities;
  • Improve community awareness of grant competition process;
  • Revise grant policies that are unduly restrictive;
  • Encourage legal and program offices to dialog on community‐based grant opportunities; and 
  • improve timeliness of Brownfields Grant Awards.

Workforce Diversity Goal: To achieve an inclusive work environment by developing an efficient system for the outreach and recruitment of potential employees.  

Strategies:

  • Increase the diverse pool of qualified applicants; and
  • Operate under a One‐EPA approach for recruitment and outreach.

For information on Plan EJ 2014 and how to get involved, please contact: Charles Lee, Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice, 202‐564‐2440, lee [dot] charles [at] epa [dot] gov.
 

Submit Public Comments on Regulations.gov

The Draft Plan EJ 2014 Implementation Plans outline the actions EPA will take to advance environmental justice in each area of focus. You can comment on the draft plans through April 29, 2011 on Regulations.gov. The draft plans and their docket numbers are listed below. Click on the docket number to leave your comments for that plan. Here are some questions to help formulate your comments (PDF) (7 pp, 126K).

You can also provide general or cross-cutting comments by commenting on Docket number EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0299 Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Comments submitted on Regulations.gov may take a few days before they are publicly available. We won’t be able to respond to every individual comment, but we value your input and will give your ideas careful consideration.

Read the Draft Implementation Plans Docket Number
Summary of Draft Implementation Plans (PDF) (6 pp, 154K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0299
Incorporating Environmental Justice into Rulemaking (PDF) (10 pp, 198K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0291
Considering Environmental Justice in Permitting (PDF) (13 pp, 216K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0293
Advancing Environmental Justice through Compliance and Enforcement (PDF) (18 pp, 276K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0297
Supporting Community-based Action Programs (PDF) (14 pp, 260K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0296
Fostering Administration-wide Action on Environmental Justice (PDF) (14 pp, 235K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0298
Science Tools Development (PDF) (33 pp, 469K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0290
Legal Tools Development (PDF) (4 pp, 162K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0294
Information Tools Development (PDF) (3 pp, 115K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0295
Resources Tools Development (PDF) (3 pp, 224K) EPA-HQ-OECA-2011-0292

A printed copy of the Draft Plan EJ 2014 Draft Implementation Plans can be requested by calling 1-(800)-962-6215 or by emailing: lee [dot] charles [at] epa [dot] gov (lee [dot] charles [at] epa [dot] gov).