EPA Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in Permitting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For far too long, communities across our country have faced environmental injustices and have borne the brunt of toxic pollution. As part of EPA’s effort to address environmental justice concerns, the agency is making available a set of FAQs to help federal agencies understand how they can integrate environmental justice and civil rights into environmental permitting processes.

The Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in Permitting FAQs provide information to EPA, federal, tribal, state, and local environmental permitting programs on how to integrate EJ into their permitting processes. It also outlines how recipients of EPA financial assistance are obligated to comply with federal civil rights statutes, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in their permitting processes.

The Interim “Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in Permitting Frequently Asked Questions” document can be found at https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-08/EJ%20and%20CR%20in%20PERMITTING%20FAQs%20508%20compliant.pdf

* These FAQs do not change existing policies or obligations to comply with applicable laws or create new legal rights or responsibilities. *

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