Posted by: Patricia Salkin | April 17, 2015

EPA Releases EJ 2020 Action Agenda for Comment

From the EPA website:

EPA is seeking input on its draft EJ 2020 Action Agenda framework (PDF) (5 pp, 162K). EJ 2020 will help EPA advance environmental justice through its programs, policies and activities, and will support our cross-agency strategy on making a visible difference in environmentally overburdened, underserved, and economically distressed communities.

Strengthening our collaborations with the communities we serve, our governmental partners and all other interested stakeholders will be key to achieving meaningful outcomes in these communities.

EJ 2020: over next five years, EPA will focus on

  • Deepening environmental justice progress in EPA’s programs to improve the health and environment of overburdened communities
  • Collaborating with partners to expand our impact in overburdened communities
  • Demonstrating progress on outcomes that matter to overburdened communities

EJ 2020 is a strategy for advancing environmental justice … It is not a rule.

Under Plan EJ 2014, EPA laid a foundation for integrating environmental justice in all EPA programs, including rulewriting, permitting, enforcement, science and law. There have been many significant milestones over the last four years of building EJ into the agency’s regulatory practice, including guidance for rulewriters, enhanced public participation for EPA-issued permits, building EJ into our enforcement targeting and resolution of enforcement cases, EJSCREEN, EJ legal tools, and many others. We have also revitalized environmental justice across the federal family, assembled promising practices from our rich history of working with communities, and initiated the development of a cross-cutting Environmental Justice Research Roadmap.

The open public comment period for the draft EJ 2020 Action Agenda framework (PDF) (5 pp, 162K) will last from April 15, 2015 to June 15, 2015. We will be reaching out to many groups and communities for comment from April til June. Written comments should be sent to

For more information or to participate in dialogue sessions with EPA, please contact Charles Lee (, Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice, or your Regional or Program Point of Contact.

This draft framework for EJ 2020 outlines our thinking about the current efforts that require continued and focused attention, and what additional challenges we should undertake. We hope to have a robust dialogue with the communities we serve, our governmental partners and all other interested stakeholders on whether this framework addresses the most important work. This is just a draft; all comments and suggestions to inform and shape EPA’s EJ action agenda are invited and encouraged.


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