Addressing Environmental Justice in the Permitting Process

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On February 11, 1994, Executive Order 12898 Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations was issued.  Executive Order 12898 calls on each Federal agency to make achieving environmental justice part of its mission.  Since that time the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA or Agency) has developed and issued several plans and guidance to implement Executive Order 12898 in rulemaking, permitting and other Agency action.  Most recently, on May 9, 2013 U.S. EPA published a Federal Register notice of availability of regional actions to promote public participation in the permitting process and promising practices for permit applicants seeking permits (78 Fed. Reg. 27220).   By this publication U.S. EPA is sharing actions it is taking, and urging permit applicants to use certain practices designed to enhance the opportunity and ability of overburdened communities to participate in the permitting process for projects that may affect the quality of life in the surrounding community.

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