The U.S. Department of Energy (Department) would like to direct your attention to its Environmental Justice Strategy (Strategy) which was released in 2008. Along with the Strategy, the Department also released the Environmental Justice Five-Year Implementation Plan and this year, its Environmental Justice Five-Year Implementation Plan Second Annual Progress Report. The Strategy is a 5-year plan which commits the Department to the following goals:
- Identify and address programs, policies, and activities of the Department that may have disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority, low-income, and tribal populations.
- Enhance the credibility and public trust of the Department by further making public participation a fundamental component of all program operations, planning activities, and decision-making processes.
- Improve research and data collection methods relating to human health and the environment of minority, low-income, and tribal populations.
- Further Departmental leadership by integrating environmental justice with activities and processes related to human health and the environment.
The Obama Administration addresses efforts to protect health of U.S. communities overburdened by pollution—federal agencies sign environmental justice Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Click here to read the the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898.
Per condition of the MOU, please find the Department's Environmental Justice Annual Implementation Progress Report.