Environmental justice is a requirement for all federal agencies and federally-funded activities to ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in decision-making processes. Its purpose is to avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects of programs and projects, including social and economic effects, on minority population, low-income and other disadvantaged populations.
Environmental Justice embraces the principle that all people and communities are entitled to equal protection under our environmental, health, employment, housing, transportation and civil rights laws. On February 11, 1994, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations. This order augments Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by providing that federal agencies make achieving environmental justice part of their mission by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies and activities on the targeted populations, minority and low-income groups.
MORPC’s Initial Environmental Justice Efforts:
- Ensures that the Public Involvement Process includes targeted populations in transportation decision making
- Gauges regional burdens and benefits of transportation system investments on the targeted populations
- Recommends strategies to improve or mitigate any negative impacts on targeted populations
- Conducts environmental justice analysis for each Transportation Improvement Program and Transportation Plan
- Franklin County
- Delaware County
- Etna Township and Pataskala in Licking County
- Bloom and Violet Townships in Fairfield County
MORPC Environmental Justice Reports and Information:
- Preliminary Assessment (April 2000) (6.7 MB)
- Environmental Justice - Technical Analysis (Appendix 3 to MORPC SFY 20012-15 TIP) (May 2011)
- Environmental Justice Technical Analysis Appendix to the CapitalWays Transportation Plan (May 2008)
Other Sources on Environmental Justice:
- FHWA Administration Environmental Justice
- FHWA Administration Environmental Justice Public Involvement
For more information contact Bernice Cage at 614.233.4157.