2016 U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Justice Strategy

This strategy document is the culmination of a process that began in November 2007 to review and update the Department of Energy (DOE) 1995 Environmental Justice Strategy. The strategy describes DOE’s plan for complying with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Population (Clinton, 1994). The strategy outlines its objectives to integrate environmental justice into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation, minimize climate change impacts on vulnerable people, and comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

After providing a history of the environmental justice movement, the strategy delves into a discussion of its goals and objectives. In order to fully implement Executive Order 12898, the strategy commits to increasing capacity within communities (specifically among low-income and minority populations, and with tribes) to ensure meaningful involvement in decision making. It also commits to improving capacity among DOE staff to better serve and recruit disadvantaged community members. The report describes its efforts to distribute information necessary for identifying disadvantaged communities and needed energy information. DOE will continue to work with other federal agencies to achieve environmental justice goals and support a national dialogue on environmental justice.

To better integrate environmental justice into the NEPA process, DOE commits to updating NEPA to enhance environmental justice guidance and strengthening federal efforts to implement environmental justice considerations during the NEPA process.

To minimize climate change impacts on vulnerable people, the strategy commits to working with vulnerable populations, scientists, and other stakeholders to development climate change prevention and resilience strategies. It also commits to reducing emissions and improving resiliency within its own programs.

To comply with the Civil Rights Act, the strategy explains DOE will conduct compliance reviews when allocating financial assistance, provide more guidance on environmental justice, and develop a Title VI Technical Assistance Compliance Program for DOE staff and financial recipients.

 

Publication Date: January 2017

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