Legal and Practical Issues Associated with the Growing US Environmental Justice Movement
15 January 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency released an ambitious agency initiative that the agency refers to as its “roadmap” for infusing the concept of “Environmental Justice” throughout all the agency’s programs, policies and activities. The program is in reaction to Executive Order 12,898, which calls for all federal agencies to identify and address certain agency programs, policies and activities that might have disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations and low-income populations. While the vast bulk of US EPA’s efforts remain conceptual, at the regional and state levels, agency efforts have shifted from abstract concepts to concrete action. We review some of the efforts that have been taken and offer suggestions for companies that may be affected.