Environmental Justice in the News

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 11, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) will be holding a public workshop on its Environmental Justice (EJ) Action Plan on June 28th, from 4 to 7pm in the Coastal Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters Building, located at 1001 I Street in Sacramento. Written and oral comments are welcome and a live internet audio webcast will be available at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast.

CalEPA is following a Two-Pathway Process towards advancing EJ into its priorities. The first process is the formal, long-term strategic planning process mandated by statute. It includes the development of the intra-agency EJ strategy and the review of CalEPA programs, policies and activities to identify and address any gaps that may impede the achievement of environmental justice.

The second is the short-term, action-focused process to advance priorities in the interim of completing the long-term strategic planning process. The Draft EJ Working Document addresses the second pathway.

The five topics covered in the Working Document are:

1. Provide guidance on CalEPA precautionary applications;
2. Conduct cumulative health impact reduction plant pilot projects and develop guidance on cumulative impacts analysis;
3. Improve tools for public participation, community capacity building and communication;
4. Integrate EJ into other components of the Environmental Action Plan; and
5. Ensure meaningful public participation in implementing the EJ Action Plan.

A link to the complete Draft EJ Working Document is available at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EnvJustice/Events/default.htm#June28.

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