Environmental Justice

“The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the executive of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies.”
– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice

Over the past few years, the environmental justice (EJ) movement has linked the plight of EJ populations to social and environmental health hazards and has attempted to demonstrate ways environmental data access and information sharing can address these problems at the local level.