Based on this definition, the Department of Energy further extend the interpretations “Fair treatment” means “no population bears a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or from the execution of federal, state, and local laws”
“Meaningful involvement” requires “effective access to decision makers for all, and the ability in all communities to make informed decisions and take positive actions to produce environmental justice for themselves.”
To know about Environmental Justice, we need first to understand what is Environmental Injustice. Tracing back to where it came from, we can find the movement of environmental justice addresses a statistical fact: People who experience environmental injustice – who live, work, and play in the most polluted environment – are primarily people of color or people with low incomes. Knowing that there are many intersections between the two groups’ people, the injustice they face was intuitively interpreted as another type of racism – “environmental racism.”
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