Skip to comments.....And Environmental Justice For All, Comrade
Posted on 04/06/2012 1:00:30 AM PDT by Absolutely Nobama
Hey, take a look at what I found on the EPA's website (Yes, I have a life. Really. I do. Promise.):
"Environmental Justice is 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, governmental and commercial operations or policies. Meaningful involvement means that: (1) people have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may affect their environment and/or health; (2) the publics contribution can influence the regulatory agency's decision; (3) their concerns will be considered in the decision making process; and (4) the decision makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected."
Hmmmm....environmental justice....environmental justice.....where did hear that before....? Dang, the 90's were such a blur...Oh, wait, now I remember!
"Mother Jones: Can you briefly explain what 'environmental justice' means to you?
Van Jones: Environmental justice is the movement to ensure that no community suffers disproportionate environmental burdens or goes without enjoying fair environmental benefits."
Yep, that's the same Maoist who served as Chairman Obama's "Green Jobs Czar". ('till Glenn Beck exposed him, and the Big Mommy Regime quietly fired him over the weekend. Ah....the days when Glenn Beck was still cool....No bizarre attacks on Newt Gingrich.....Ah, those were the days, weren't they ?)
No, really, the guy is a Maoist:
"Recalling his brief incarceration, Jones says: 'I met all these young radical people of color. I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, This is what I need to be a part of. I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.'
After leaving Yale in 1993, Jones relocated to San Francisco, where he helped establish Bay Area Police Watch, a hotline and lawyer-referral service that began as a project of LCCR and specialized in demonizing local police. In 1996 he founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which, claiming that the American criminal-justice system was infested with racism, sought to promote alternatives to incarceration. Jones headed the Baker Center from 1996 to 2007. Between 1999 and 2009, the Baker Center received more than $1 million from......."
From..from...c'mon, take a guess......Yep. That's right. The Fuhrer himself, George $oros.
Needless to say, Van the Maoist is very big on the whole concept of environmental justice. In fact he said this in 2008: (For craps and giggles, I'm going to add emphasis to certain words. Maybe we'll see a pattern of some sort emerge.)
"MJ: What's the relationship between environmental justice and sustainability ?
VJ: Well, the only reason that we have the unsustainable accounting that we have right now is because incinerators, dumping grounds, and sacrifice zones were put where poor people live. It would never have been allowed if you had to put all the incinerators and nasty stuff in rich people's neighborhoods; we'd have had a sustainable economy a long time ago. We'd have had a clean and green economy a long time ago. It's the environmental racism that allowed the powerful people in society to turn a blind eye for decades to the downsides of the industrial system that got us to this point. So there's a direct relationship between environmental racism and the lack of sustainability of society as a whole. We were the canaries in the coal mines, crying for relief. Now finally the consequences are affecting everyone, with global warming and everything else. The other thing is that the environmental justice agenda is also changing. Before, it was much stronger on demanding equal protection from environmental bad. Now we are also demanding equal opportunity and equal access to environmental good. We don't want to be first and worst with all the toxins and all the negative effects of global warming, and then benefit last and least from all the breakthroughs in solar, wind energy, organic food, all the positives. We want an equal share, an equitable share, of the work wealth and the benefits of the transition to a green economy."
Wanna see something really weird ? Let's go back to the EPA's website. Again, because I'm a "racist, homophobic, climate change denying, Zionist war-mongering Right Wing nutjob", I'm going to add emphasis to some words:
"How Did the Environmental Justice Movement Arise? The environmental justice movement was started by individuals, primarily people of color, who sought to address the inequity of environmental protection in their communities. Grounded in the struggles of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement, this movement sounded the alarm about the public health dangers for their families, their communities and themselves.
Early in 1990, the Congressional Black Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of academic, social scientists and political activists met with EPA officials to discuss their findings that environmental risk was higher for minority and low-income populations. They alleged that EPA's inspections were not addressing their communities' needs. In response, the EPA Administrator created the Environmental Equity Workgroup in July 1990 to address the allegation that 'racial minority and low-income populations bear a higher environmental risk burden than the general population.' The Workgroup produced a report, 'Reducing Risk in All Communities', in June 1992 that supported the allegation and made ten recommendations for addressing the problem. One of the recommendations was to create an office to address these inequities. Thus, the Office of Environmental Equity was established [Not by a bill passed in CONgress and signed into law at some lame ceremony at the White Hut, FYI] November 1992. The name was changed to Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) in 1994.
On Feb 11, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, to focus federal attention on the environmental and human health conditions of minority and low-income populations with the goal of achieving environmental protection for all communities. The Order directed federal agencies to develop environmental justice strategies to help federal agencies address disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of their programs on minority and low-income populations. The order is also intended to promote nondiscrimination in federal programs that affect human health and the environment. It aims to provide minority and low-income communities access to public information and public participation in matters relating to human health and the environment. The Presidential Memorandum accompanying the order underscores certain provisions of existing law that can help ensure that all communities and persons across the nation live in a safe and healthy environment."
Yep. The "fundamental tranformation" of America didn't start with Chairman Obama. It started under Bill Caligula. Now, if I remember right, Bill had a Vice President named Al Snore, who, by sheer coincidence of course, would stand to make billions from this madness. You know what else ? Bill Caligula was also married to this woman, who, once again, this is just coincidence mind you, just happened to have a mentor named Saul Alinsky. Yep, it's just Crazytown how that all worked out, huh ?
Creating a Marxist-Leninist command and control Soviet style economy isn't easy. (Just ask "Republican" Presidential Candidate Mitt Trotsky. Look how it blew up in his face in Taxachusetts.) You gotta have a plan, Comrade. You can't just come in and slaugher the bourgeoisie all Che Guevara-like. That's soooo late Twentieth Century. First, you have to have a cadre ready. For example, a person like this would be very helpful. True Believer, I'd like you to meet Nia Robinson. Ms. Robinson is member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council at the EPA (AKA--the Empire Protection Agency.)
"Robinson, Nia Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
Ms. Robinson is the Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC) in Washington, D.C. She was a 2003 Climate Justice Corps Fellow prior to joining EJCC. She was also an organizer and labor relations representative with Service Employees International Union [emphasis added] and a program organizer with the Earth Tomorrow Program of the National Wildlife Federation. Ms. Robinson co-authored the July 2008 report, A Climate of Change: African Americans, Global Warming, and a Just Climate Policy for the U.S."
Not only do you need the right people to help out, you also need the political will to pull it off. (It also doesn't hurt when you're a rogue federal agency like the EPA that doesn't have to answer to those pesky voters and you get to make "regulations" that carry the same weight as laws.) Emphasis added where appropriate:
Expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice are among my top priorities for our work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All too often, low-income, minority and tribal Americans live in the shadows of the worst pollution, facing disproportionate health impacts and greater obstacles to economic growth in communities that cannot attract businesses and new jobs.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton issued an executive order directing all federal agencies to participate in a governmentwide effort to address environmental justice issues. To strengthen our efforts in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of that directive and to ensure that the EPA is setting a standard for all other agencies, I am pleased to share our comprehensive environmental justice strategy Plan EJ 2014.
Plan EJ 2014 builds on the solid foundation we have established at the EPA to expand the conversation on environmentalism. Since my first days as Administrator, I have traveled the country to meet with diverse communities and listen to their concerns. And I am committed to making environmental justice an essential part of our decision making. Plan EJ 2014 offers a road map that will enable us to better integrate environmental justice and civil rights into our programs, policies and daily work. The plan focuses on agencywide areas critical to advancing environmental justice, including rulemaking, permitting, compliance and enforcement, community-based programs and our work with other federal agencies. It also establishes specific milestones to help us meet the needs of overburdened neighborhoods through our decision making, scientific analysis and rulemaking. Every American deserves clean air, water and land in the places where they live, work, play and learn.
Through our implementation of Plan EJ 2014, the EPA will be leading by example in expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice now and into the future. I am proud to be a part of this effort and ask you to join me as we strengthen our mission to protect the health of all Americans.
Lisa P. Jackson [EPA Administrator]"
All kidding aside:
We are on the edge of complete and total economic, political, and social disaster.
I can't gussy it up.
I can't make it sound palatable.
God help us all.
(This coulmn is written is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Breitbart. Words can't express how much I appreciated his work when he was here and they can't express how much his work will be missed.)
Lets not forget John Podesta
If we’re going to throw in Podesta, then we can’t go without giving ABC and Earth 2100 at least an honorable mention.
My favorite commentary on the program:
The script that Obama and pals are following is here:
They even get into food and how much we are over- eating in America. Guns get a mention, too.
We see so much food control now and we all know what they say about controlling food...and they’re just getting warmed up.
CBS 60 minutes is helping with propaganda on that front.
And why haven’t “our” Republican Congresscritters defended this nonsense.....? Crickets.......
“CBS 60 minutes is helping with propaganda on that front.”
Isn’t that just ducky ?
Beats me. Hoping you knew, FRiend.
From the Department of Transportation:
“Department of Transportation Environmental Justice Strategy
March 2, 2012
Executive Order 12898, ‘Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations’ (February 11, 1994), (E.O. 12898 or E.O.) requires each Federal agency to “make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.” The E.O. directs each Federal agency to develop an Agency-wide environmental justice (EJ) strategy to implement its requirements. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT or the Department) issued its original EJ strategy in 1995.
On August 4, 2011, the Secretary of Transportation, along with heads of other Federal agencies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 (EJ MOU) confirming the continued importance of identifying and addressing EJ considerations in agency programs, policies, and activities as required by E.O. 12898. As part of the EJ MOU, each Federal agency agreed to review and update their existing EJ strategy as appropriate, and to publicize the updated strategy. Accordingly, DOT has reviewed and updated its 1995 EJ strategy as appropriate. The updated EJ strategy continues to reflect DOT’s commitment to EJ principles and to integrating those principles into DOT programs, policies and activities. The updated strategy also relies upon existing authorities for achieving EJ as described by the E.O., such as the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and related statutes, as well as the commitments and focus areas set forth in the EJ MOU.
B. Relationship of EJ to Agency Mission and Agency Strategic Plan, Goals and Objectives
In 1997, the Department issued an internal DOT Order on EJ (DOT Order 5610.2) as a key component of DOT’s 1995 EJ strategy. This Order sets forth the Department’s commitment to achieving EJ as part of its mission and providing that it is DOT policy to promote EJ principles through the incorporation of those principles in all DOT programs, policies, and activities. DOT’s commitment to EJ is consistent with DOT’s overall mission ‘to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests that enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.’ By incorporating EJ and non-discrimination considerations into the transportation planning and decision making processes as well as project-specific environmental reviews, DOT strives to ensure that transportation decision making will enhance the quality of life for all people in America.EJ is also directly related to two key priorities of the Department-Livable Communities and Environmental Sustainability-both of which promote healthy neighborhoods with environmentally sustainable transportation options.
C. Guiding EJ Principles
The E.O. directs Agencies to identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of Agency programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations. EJ at DOT includes incorporating EJ and non-discrimination principles into transportation planning and decision making processes as well as project-specific environmental reviews.
The guiding EJ principles followed by DOT are briefly summarized as follows:
To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.
To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision making process.
To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations.
D. Previous EJ Strategy
E.O. 12898 requires each Federal agency to develop a specific Agency-wide strategy for implementing the E.O. provisions. DOT’s original 1995 EJ strategy affirmed the Department’s commitment to the principles of EJ embodied in the Secretary’s 1995 Strategic Plan, and identified actions the Department intended to take to implement E.O. 12898. The 1995 strategy also set forth DOT’s approach to implementing E.O. 12898 in all relevant programs, policies, and activities sponsored, supported, and undertaken by the Department.
The key component of the 1995 EJ strategy was development of an internal DOT Order on EJ. In June 1995, DOT published a proposed Order for comment in the Federal Register, and issued its final Order on EJ in April 1997. DOT Order 5610.2 ‘Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations’ provides guidance to DOT’s Operating Administrations (OAs) for integrating EJ principles into existing programs, policies, and activities. Since issuance of its 1995 strategy, the Department has remained committed to EJ principles and has worked to avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations.
II. 2012 EJ Strategy
The original DOT strategy was created to have the flexibility to be updated periodically to reflect changing social and technological conditions as well as new insights acquired through implementation.
Recent events led to the Department’s decision to update its strategy. In 2010, the Obama Administration renewed the Federal Government’s commitment to EJ by appointing a Senior Advisor on EJ at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and reinvigorating the EJ Interagency Working Group (EJ IWG)established by E.O. 12898with an increased focus on public engagement.
DOT was a participant in this new effort and on August 4, 2011, the Secretary of Transportation joined heads of other Federal agencies in signing the EJ MOU. This MOU acknowledges the continued importance of EJ and participating Federal agencies pledged to review and update, as applicable, existing EJ strategies with a focus, as appropriate, on the following areas: implementation of NEPA; implementation of Title VI; impacts from climate change; and impacts from commercial transportation and supporting infrastructure.In response to the MOU, an internal DOT staff-level working group, with representatives from all relevant OAs, has worked to update the 1995 strategy.
A review of the strategy and the history of EJ implementation has elicited new recommendations that the Department believes will improve the strategy and ability of DOT to implement the principles of EJ. The updated strategy reflects DOT’s continued commitment to embracing these objectives. DOT will do so through enforcement of all applicable planning and environmental regulations and legislation, and through promoting non-discrimination in programs, policies, and activities that affect human health and the environment, consistent with E.O. 12898, NEPA, planning statutes in Title 23, U.S. Code and Title 49, U.S. Code., and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. DOT also remains committed to bringing government decision making closer to communities and people affected by these decisions, and ensuring opportunities for greater public participation in providing input into these decisions relating to human health and the environment.
A. Department-Wide Efforts on EJ
1. DOT Order
Of central importance to the continued implementation of EJ principles within DOT is its 1997 internal EJ Order, which establishes procedures and guidance for the Department and its OAs to implement E.O. 12898. The DOT Order is intended to ensure a consistent approach toward achieving EJ within the Department and to guarantee that all DOT components fully consider and incorporate, as appropriate, EJ principles in existing programs, policies, and activities.The Order also reaffirms DOT’s commitment to ensuring that non-discrimination is an integral part of its programs, policies, and activities.As part of the work to update Departmental EJ policies, the Department will update the 1997 DOT EJ Order to reflect changes in definitions and other clarifications. However the DOT Order will maintain the general framework and procedures for identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects in minority and low-income populations.
Executive Order 12898 and the accompanying Presidential Memorandum underscore the importance of utilizing existing laws-including NEPA and Title VI-to ensure that all persons live Gina safe and healthy environment. Specifically, Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Consistent with Title VI and the E.O., the DOT Order emphasizes the importance of ensuring that programs or activities funded by DOT which affect human health or the environment do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The DOT Order also emphasizes that EJ principles apply to planning and programming activities and that requirements, such as NEPA, be administered so as to identify the risk of disproportionately high and adverse effects early in the development of the program, policy, or activity so that positive corrective action can be taken.
The DOT Order sets forth three core objectives. First, it directs the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and OAs to determine the most effective and efficient way of integrating the processes and objectives of the Order into existing regulations and guidance.
Second, the DOT Order sets forth guidance for determining whether a DOT or a DOT-funded program, policy, or activity (DOT action) is likely to have disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on low-income or minority populations.This includes providing timely and meaningful opportunities for participation and comment by representatives of potentially affected communities. The DOT Order directs the Department to consider EJ objectives when administering the requirements of NEPA; Title VI and related statutes; the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (URA); Congressionally-authorized planning requirements; and other laws, regulations, and executive orders that address or affect infrastructure planning and decision making; social, economic or environmental matters; public health; or public involvement.
Third, the DOT Order provides guidance on how to address disproportionately high and adverse effects, including mitigation measures and consideration of alternatives that would avoid or reduce the disproportionately high and adverse effects. These measures may include pollution prevention, and health and safety measures; measures to maintain community cohesion and economic vitality; and mitigation and compensatory measures. This process includes procedures to provide meaningful opportunities for public involvement by low-income and minority populations, including community input in identifying potential mitigation measures for DOT actions.
The DOT Order also provides for data collection and research, as needed, to provide information to comply with Executive Order 12898.
2. Guidance for OAs
Each OA whose programs, policies, and activities may result in disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations and low-income populations will develop and/or update OA tools or documents on EJ, consistent with the DOT Order. These OAs include but are not limited to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Maritime Administration (MARAD), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Guidance across agencies will be streamlined to an appropriate degree through the DOT Working Group, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, and the Departmental Office of Civil Rights. This includes determining the most effective and efficient way of integrating the processes and objectives of the strategy and the DOT Order with existing regulations and guidance.Each appropriate OA will participate in the Department’s EJ working group and will continue to cooperate in these matters with the Departmental Office of Civil Rights and the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.
DOT and all applicable OAs will review research programs and activities to determine whether and how minority and low-income populations may be more appropriately included in the scope of particular research projects.
3. Public Outreach on Implementation of the EJ Strategy
Public engagement and participation in decision making is a fundamental principle of EJ, and is critical to achieving outcomes that reflect the needs of all affected stakeholders to the greatest extent feasible. Low-income and minority communities have historically borne disproportionately high or adverse human health or environmental effects of infrastructure projects. Active participation of all affected communities will help ensure that transportation plans and projects avoid, minimize, or mitigate these impacts on low-income and minority populations.For this reason, DOT is committed to developing and using public engagement to encourage EJ populations to participate during the planning and implementation of DOT programs, policies, and activities.
DOT is committed to engaging low-income and minority populations in the transportation decision making process across all relevant OAs, from the earliest stages of planning through project implementation. As DOT implements an outreach strategy, the Department is committed to building relationships with stakeholders, including State and local partners who help fund our transportation systems and those who serve underrepresented populations. DOT encourages coordination with community leaders to develop locally appropriate outreach plans, recognizing that community leaders are ideally positioned to champion the public engagement process and disseminate information to their constituents.
DOT is exploring traditional and nontraditional strategies for engaging low-income and minority populations, including regional workshops with State and local officials and online announcements, as well as a web-based portal to organize DOT documents relevant to EJ in an easily searchable location.On this web site, DOT will be able to create a site to facilitate informal dialogue and feedback from EJ stakeholders and representatives, as needed.DOT will also ensure that communities with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations have access to information to the fullest extent feasible and that their participation in providing input into decision making is encouraged.The Department has developed a public engagement team to develop and refine the Department’s outreach strategy and provide guidance for public engagement as needed.
4. DOT Guidance and Training on EJ
In order to ensure that DOT managers are fully aware of their responsibilities under E.O. 12898, the DOT EJ Order, and pre-existing statutory mandates, DOT will continue to make information seminars on EJ available for program managers throughout the Department. Representatives of the EJ community have been consulted in the planning of these seminars in the past, and should continue to be consulted as this training is updated.
In addition, all applicable OAs will review and modify existing training courses to ensure adequate coverage of EJ principles and to use training examples that include EJ aspects. These courses include such subjects as compliance with environmental mandates, infrastructure planning and development, implementation of civil rights programs, public involvement, and management of Departmental facilities and resources.DOT will also develop or revise training or guidance on conducting technical evaluations of transportation needs of minority and low-income populations as part of NEPA, planning, and other analyses in order to help DOT employees and funding recipients to implement the principles of EJ. The audience for these training courses includes DOT employees and recipients of DOT funding. Formal training on the application of EJ is provided through the National Highway Institute and the National Transit Institute to help Federal employees and grantees understand processes and tools to ensure compliance with EJ policies.DOT also provides technical assistance to transportation agencies to ensure low-income and minority communities are provided a convenient opportunity for meaningful input into transportation decisions that affect their community.
These training opportunities and technical assistance improve DOT’s ability to achieve EJ within the Department as well as in DOT programs, including projects that receive Federal funds. DOT will continue to ensure that EJ training remains available and includes essential information on meaningful public engagement in transportation decision making DOT will utilize existing technology to make these training courses as widely available, as possible.
B. Role of Key DOT Elements in Complying With Executive Order 12898 and the EJ MOU
The following organizations will have key roles to play in coordinating the implementation process.
1. DOT EJ Working Group
The Secretary will formally establish the internal DOT EJ Working Group, which has been meeting informally for the purposes of discussing various EJ matters. The EJ working group will be comprised of attorneys, civil rights staff, planning office staff, and environmental program staff from applicable OAs and OST, to be coordinated and led by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy (OST-Policy).
In the course of regularly held meetings, this working group will discuss EJ issues, including those that arise in individual or multiple OAs and in Department-wide initiatives, to ensure consistency in policy objectives, share expertise, facilitate efficient use of resources, and to encourage consultation and coordination among employees in civil rights offices, environmental program offices, planning offices, and legal offices. The working group will also review guidance developed by the OAs to ensure consistency throughout the Department.
2. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
OST-Policy will maintain contact with the relevant OAs to ensure that that they examine their programs, policies, and activities and take appropriate actions to comply with E.O. 12898, the EJ MOU, and the DOT EJ Order. This office is also responsible for monitoring implementation of the DOT EJ strategy to help keep the strategy relevant and foster consistency and comprehensiveness in complying with the principles embodied in the Executive Order and the commitments agreed to in the EJ MOU. In addition, the office will work to keep senior Departmental officials properly involved in achieving the strategy’s objectives and in maintaining liaison with the EJ IWG, other departments, and agencies as well as the EJ community.
3. Departmental Office of Civil Rights
The Departmental Office of Civil Rights will provide leadership and technical assistance to the OAs and to recipients of DOT funds, as needed, in the administration of their Title VI responsibilities which relate to EJ, including the investigation of Title VI complaints and/or Alternative Dispute Resolution regarding EJ issues. This may take the form of guidelines, memoranda of general applicability, and training designed to achieve EJ. The Departmental Office of Civil Rights will confer with the OA civil rights offices about EJ matters, particularly prior to issuance of guidelines, memoranda, etc., to ensure consistency throughout the Department.
C. Program Efforts that Advance EJ
The OAs whose programs, policies, or activities may have disproportionately high human health or environmental effects on minority populations and low-income populations have or will develop tools and documents, that may include guidance, best practices, handbooks, administrative statements, circulars, or other products, as appropriate, for achieving EJ in their programs consistent with DOT’s EJ Order. These OAs include but are not limited to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Maritime Administration (MARAD), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
In addition, each relevant OA shall focus as appropriate for its mission on the following areas: transportation access to jobs, particularly for non-driving segments of the population; quality of transportation systems near minority and low-income communities; implementation of NEPA; implementation of Title VI; impacts and benefits from commercial transportation and supporting infrastructure (goods movement); and impacts from climate change.
DOT will place special emphasis on establishing streamlined and consistent EJ guidance across all applicable OAs. Actions undertaken will be developed and refined as the Department’s strategy evolves. The guidance developed by OAs will be reviewed by the DOT EJ Working Group to ensure that the guidance does not establish significantly different requirements or processes across the OAs.
D. Reporting and Accountability
To encourage accountability in coordination and reporting, all relevant OAs, including those listed above, will report back to OST-Policy within 6 months of the date on which this strategy is finalized, on progress in developing guidance, integration of EJ principles into existing operations, and other items set forth in the EJ MOU.
Additionally, relevant OAs, including those listed above, will submit an annual progress report by December 11th of each year to the DOT EJ Working Group containing a concise report on progress during the previous fiscal year in carrying out DOT’s EJ strategy and E.O. 12898.This requirement began in December 2011. As required by the EJ MOU, the DOT EJ Working Group will prepare an annual implementation progress report by February of each year, beginning in 2012, and will post the annual report on DOT’s public web page and provide a link to the EJ IWG.
To ensure that the strategy remains current, DOT is considering plans to review and revise, where applicable, its EJ strategy every three years.
E. Interagency and Intergovernmental Collaboration
DOT will coordinate procedures and work to remove procedural or regulatory barriers to achieving EJ. This includes programs and collaborations across all relevant DOT OAs, and with other Federal agencies, States, local, and tribal governments.
Through senior and staff participation in the EJ IWG and committees, and through adherence to the EJ MOU, DOT will coordinate its EJ efforts with other Federal agencies wherever practical and advisable. The continued development of DOT’s EJ strategy will be informed by EJ principles and strategies shared across multiple agencies as well as public input, thus adhering to E.O. 12898 while encouraging a streamlined set of principles that work to minimize divergent expectations from various stakeholders.
In addition to policy and strategies, DOT will work with various stakeholders to develop EJ guidance as needed for DOT funded interagency programs or activities. EJ guidance for such activities will adhere to the principles outlined in the DOT EJ Order and this strategy. DOT has experience with implementing EJ principles within interagency initiatives, as exemplified by the EJ working group within the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an interagency program consisting of DOT, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
“Notice: HUD has extended the deadline for public comment on the Draft Environmental Justice strategy to November 23.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is happy to announce the release of its Draft Environmental Justice Strategy. This EJ strategy is a four-year plan to address environmental justice concerns and increase access to environmental benefits through HUD policies, programs, and activities. Our Department is committed to meeting the goals of Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, which states that each federal agency, with the law as its guide, should make environmental justice part of its mission.
This release is the latest step in a larger Administration-wide effort to ensure strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans. In August, federal agencies signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 (EJ MOU), which committed each agency to, among other things, finalizing an EJ strategy and releasing annual implementation reports. Links to the other federal EJ Strategies can be found on the Environmental Justice Interagency Workgroup webpage at http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/interagency/iwg-compendium.html. Links will be available by Friday, October 7th.
The draft strategy will be open for public comment for 45 days, or until November 14, 2011. Comments can be submitted by emailing EJStrategy@hud.gov or by attending an Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Listening Session. The department will then review those comments and finalize the strategy by February 2012. After the strategy is final, the Department and its federal partners will continue to engage stakeholders through outreach, education and stakeholder events and respond to public comments through annual implementation reports.”
“HHS Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan
HHS recognizes that disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards with negative health effects persists in minority and low-income populations and Indian tribes and that coordinated Federal action is needed to eliminate these disparities. The HHS vision for environmental justice is ‘a nation that equitably promotes healthy community environments and protects the health of all people’. The 2012 HHS Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan (2012 HHS EJ Strategy) provides clear direction of goals, strategies and actions to address environmental justice in minority and low-income populations and Indian tribes.
The 2012 HHS EJ Strategy was developed as part of the Departments reaffirmation of its commitment to environmental justice. In August 2011, HHS joined 16 other Federal agencies in signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898. The MOU called for each agency to develop an environmental justice strategy and prepare annual implementation progress reports. HHS published a draft EJ Strategy in October 2011 for public comment. The final 2012 HHS EJ Strategy reflects comments received during the public comment process, as well as comments and concerns expressed in seventeen stakeholder engagements between November 2010 and November 2011.
The 2012 HHS EJ Strategy is organized into four interrelated strategic elements as follows:
Policy Development and Dissemination
Education and Training
Research and Data Collection, Analysis, and Utilization
Overview of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice
The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) was established in 1994 under Executive Order (EO) 12898. On September 22, 2010, Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, reinvigorated the EJ IWG. The role of the EJ IWG is to guide, support and enhance federal environmental justice and community-based activities, and it requires each of the 17 Federal agencies who are members of the working group to ‘make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.’ Visit http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/ for more information.
On August 4, 2011, the leadership of the 17 Federal agencies, including HHS, took an important step in the Administrations effort to support environmental justice by signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 (EJ MOU). Among the responsibilities called for in the EJ MOU is for each of the Federal agencies to review, and where appropriate, update their existing environmental justice strategies.
HHS Environmental Justice
HHS 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy
HHS 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy (PDF)
HHS 2012 Environmental Justice Progress Report
HHS 2012 Environemtnal Justice Progress Report (PDF)
Environmental Justice across HHS
Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice In Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (Executive Order 12898) (PDF TBD KB)
F2010 White House Environmental Justice Forum Speech
Environmental Justice at the EPA
ABC: Judge Cuts Water to California Farmers to Save Endangered Fish
Michelle Obama has new warning on obesity
Why obesity is a national security threat
New plan to cut the fat of the military
Inspectors Searching Childrens Lunch Boxes: This Isnt China, Is It?
Humanity Needs to Start Farming Bugs for Food, Says United Nations Policy Paper
The Six-Legged Meat of the Future
To Fight World Hunger, the Secret Ingredient Could Be Bugs
Health department raids community picnic and destroys all food with bleach
FDA shuts down raw milk producer
Shutdown of two small cheesemakers raises more doubts about food-safety legislation
No soup for you! Mike targets salt sellers
Blame Photoshop, Not Diabetes, for This Amputation
And, finally from Occupy Wall Street:
“The Environmental Justice Committee is collaborating with activists from other Occupies and organizations on a series of actions for Earth Day. We are planning actions related to community gardens, Chevrons environmental impact, and an analysis for Earth Day that highlights the ecological devastation caused by the 1% and its disproportionate affect on communities of color and neighborhoods experiencing economic oppression.”
Is there EJ in the FDA?
A whole lot, in fact.
EJ is big in the US Army, too.
“Environmental Justice (back to top)
Environmental Justice is 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 (EPA, 1996). Opportunities for involving historically disadvantaged communities offer different challenges and may require different approaches. This part of the Web site is a resource for those situations.
Executive Order #12898 (February 1994) - Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-income Populations
DoD Strategy on Environmental Justice (March 1995) Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-income Populations”
Mother Jones: Can you briefly explain what 'environmental justice' means to you?
Van Jones: Environmental justice is the movement to ensure that no community suffers disproportionate environmental burdens or goes without enjoying fair environmental benefits.
And the Air Force:
The EA addresses the potential environmental consequences from implementing the Proposed Action and includes the No Action Alternative. Through communication with local, state, and federal agencies as well review of past documentation and field review, the following resources areas were identified for assessment of potential direct or indirect environmental consequences: land use,socioeconomics and environmental justice, cultural resources,biological resources, physical resources, hazardous materials and hazardous waste, and safety. Potential cumulative effects for each resource are also considered.”
This needs to be explored. This is NOT a good thing, not by a long shot.
EJ is very, very big with Air Force.
In fact, I’d have to say the USAF is Crazytown for Environmnetal Justice.
“FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FOR UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
AIR FORCE PILOT TRAINING AT FORT WORTH ALLIANCE AIRPORT
The Air Force announced Feb. 11 it determined a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment of a proposed Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals training program for United Arab Emirates military pilots using F-5 aircraft at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
The environmental assessment analyzed direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts. Analysis covered noise, airspace management and air traffic control, land use, earth resources, water resources, hazardous materials and waste, biological resources, utilities and infrastructure, socioeconomics and environmental justice, cultural resources, and air quality.
The Air Force conducted the study in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires Federal agencies to consider environmental consequences in the decision-making process.
The United Arab Emirates requested the pilot training through the United States Government’s Foreign Military Sales Program. The program is part of Security Assistance authorized by the Arms Export Control Act, and includes training as well as the sale of equipment. The Air Force does not have the capacity to provide the training in the timeframe and rate requested by the UAE. Lockheed Martin Corporation will provide the pilot training at Alliance Airport with on-site Air Force oversight of the program.
The program would include the bed down of 15 F-5 A/B aircraft, employment of more than 90 Lockheed Martin support personnel, and improvement of existing Fort Worth Alliance Airport facilities. Most of the flying training would take place away from the airport within existing military training airspace in central Texas and southwest Oklahoma.”
Environmental Justice ping!
Also, see comments!
In fact “environmental justice” is intended to keep minority communities safely poor. The most infamous example was the GM parts plant that was supposed to go into a poor black town in Louisiana and create hundreds of jobs. A few “Environmental justice” lawsuits later, the plant ended up in a white town in Arkansas.
Is it me, or does the word “CONgress” never seem to appear in Environmental Justice documents ?
Oops. Belay my last.
From the office of CONgresswoman Nazi Pelosi in 1999:
” It is already clear that environmental justice will become a pivotal human rights issue in the next century. The basic reason is also clear: viewed through the lens of social progress, the history of our time is essentially the saga of the expansion of civil rights. However halting and problematic at times, the march of humanity toward the frontiers of equality and justice has been inexorable.
Thus, the barriers that have protected the inequalities and injustices of environmental assaults must also fall. Indeed, this Environmental Justice Symposium would not be necessary if the world’s deadly pollutants were distributed equally. They are not. Yet everyone here knows that environmental protection should be the birthright of every human being.
In 1999, it is simply intolerable that pollution tends to prey most heavily upon the most vulnerable Americans — on the poor, the helpless, the minorities, the immigrants, and the children. Our ultimate goal should be, of course, the total elimination of dangerous pollutants; but, while waiting for that blessed day to arrive, we cannot fall silent, smugly accepting the inevitability that those Americans already on the edge of survival should also shoulder the greatest burdens of pollution.
In a wealthy society, the poor are vulnerable, almost by definition. To be poor and a member of a minority group intensifies that vulnerability. To be poor, a minority, and a child constitutes the ultimate in vulnerability.
Of all children, those from lower-income families face the greatest environmental health risks. One in five children live in poverty. African-American, Hispanic and Native American children are overly represented among the 3-4 million who live within a mile of an EPA-designated hazardous waste site.
The childhood plagues of the past have been largely tamed and domesticated. Today, our children are beset with more chronic and debilitating conditions, such as cancer and asthma. Something is terribly wrong when statistics show that cancer, formerly a disease associated with the elderly, is now the second leading cause of death in children and that asthma has increased by
40% since 1980. Even with progress in reducing environmental lead in the environment, there are still one million children with elevated levels in their blood.
Over 2.2 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year on crops, lawns, and public spaces. This year, Consumers Union reported that fruits and vegetables in child diets have unsafe levels of pesticide residues. Even one serving of some produce can exceed the safe daily limits for children. Every individual has the right to live in an environment free of deadly pollutants and toxic waste, and every child has a right to be born free of exposure to toxic chemicals.
The burden of protection should not rest solely on parents. The science is far too complex for all but the most sophisticated specialists. This is a task for government, and our government should do its job. Thomas Jefferson wrote, as long ago as 1809, that “the care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
Environmental protection should be as blind as Justice. It should know no cost or color. Anchored in these principles, I requested, along with other members here today, a General Accounting (GAO) study to review the federal data on environmental health. We asked the GAO study to focus on the disproportionate environmental health impacts on lower income communities and communities of color and to make recommendations to improve the collection, analysis, and accessibility of information.
Some of my colleagues joined me, also, in sending a letter to Vice President Gore asking the Administration to increase the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to employ trained staff with a background in civil rights. This action would signal minority communities plagued by the pollution that undermines the health of their children and their hopes for economic opportunity that the federal government works to ensure that all civil rights are respected. A nation that preserves its environmental health lays the foundation for a healthy, stable society that will enjoy the confidence of all its members.
At the beginning of my remarks, I prediced that environmental justice will be central human rights issue of the next century. We should not wait, however, until the next century to find out whether I am correct. We need to act now, and that is why this symposium today — this crystallizing moment in the history of an irresistible political movement — is of such paramount importance.”
Ping, also comments
This is darn interesting:
This is really darn interesting when you consider the fact that Ed Mah-key of Massachusetts wrote the Cap and Traitor Bill that passed in ‘09, but died in the Senate:
“Former Environmental Justice Intern Brittany Cochran testified before Congressman Ed Markey, Chair of the House Select Committee on Global Warming. She shared her testimony of increased hurricane activity in New Orleans due to global warming and how Hurricane Katrina devastated her college campus, family, and community (November 2 5, 2007).
Former DSCEJ Environmental Justice Intern, Brittany Cochran was featured in the September 2006 issue of Seventeen Magazine. Her work with the DSCEJ has given her the passion to share her knowledge about the devastating impact of global warming. In her interview with Seventeen Magazine Brittany quoted ‘I’m from a rural area in Louisiana where everybody’s poor. When you went to school, they’d say if you got good grades, you might be able to get a good job at one of the chemical plants in town but they never told us how those factories are poisoning our earth or that they’re the reason why our parents and grandparents have cancer. They never told us the truth. That is what I’m setting out to do. Having a healthy place to live isn’t a privilege...it’s a right.’ “
Former Environmental Justice Intern, Melony Lewis, from Memphis, TN was a part of a ten person team to travel with the environmental group Greenpeace to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa August 26, 2001. The WSSD had close to 60,000 government leaders, national delegates, businessmen, non-governmental organizations, and concerned activists. They discussed ways to preserve our natural resources, and look for solutions to some of the biggest problems facing the earth, such as global warming and economic security. Melony petitioned for clean energy options and to persuade governments to resist pressure from big corporations.
‘Using clean energy is Important because it will allow for the present generations to insure that our future generations have accessible energy and allow millions of people now to have new access to energy.’
Melony, along with other young activists, participated in solar power demonstration projects, as well as, took part in lobbying the U.S. delegation to support clean energy solutions. The team met with U.S. Congressional leaders at a Global Forum press event. The main goal of their journey was to show support for developing nations in their quest to find clean energy solutions.”
Reading Pelosi I almost need to borrow Boehners kerchief.
My foil hat is starting to squeeze me brain a little.
Looking at everything— the environment is the incremental way to shift power and deprive us of or Constitutional Government.
Inch by inch... they are stealing away the gift of liberty that we all have inherited.
They are landing us in such debt that we surely can’t recover—especially if we have squandered and allowed our gift to drift away and all we have managed is to mildly protest.
It is if we are on the Titanic— knowing it is doomed— but we plop in our lounge chairs and vote some seemingly able-bodied person to bring us the dinghy’s for kindling... so that we may stay warm and comfortable whilst we wait for our rescue ship to float by.
Had to run sooner than I expected earlier, but there is much, much more to this. Tagging it and linking it to Threat Matrix. We got this started. Let’s not stop now.
Getting this in on the verge of sundown.
Glorious Passover and Shabbat Shalom.
Reagan and Gingrich are the only leaders that effectively impeded the process.
It has taken me time but I have come to realize what a treasure Gingrich is. I am so dedicated that I could almost claw Beck’s eyes out for his foolish slander.
It pains me to admit, Beck hurt the Gingrich candidacy. And he has tossed havoc in the Santorum candidacy, though I don’t like Santorum at all. Beck is a trojan.
One person doesn’t change things... but I was such a fan— I bought everything, even that which I didn’t want.
Now I wouldn’t piss on Beck if he was on fire. He will never have a dime of mine again.
That may not matter but I believe there are others like me that feel completely duped by the Beck ego. Beck will hurt over this in the end.
Beck has also talked chit on the South and how that never happened where he grew up. No sir. Then wtf isn’t he living in utopia?
Look at Beck now— he seeks safety and shelter in the nasty, racist South. He is a phoney puke. Whitebread chickenchit.
I am just getting to this thread. Thanks to all for the pings.
WOW!!! JUST WOW!
The layers in place to over-run this government become more astounding by the day. The public education system is another avenue being used effectively. It is truly amazing how quickly several Czars and community organizations, all working together, can write executive legislation to over-throw a government. Money, will, and power, stemming in main from operatives within the Democratic Alliance, as well as operatives from other countries, are backing this over-throw, and it is destined to be accomplished by the end of Obama’s run or Romney’s four years.
It has become abundantly clear that congress has been made irrelevant. The Judicial branch is also under attack. Will it cave? I am not optimistic. America as we have known it, has one last avenue of preservation— the “sleeping giant.” It is half awake, but if awake fully, would be a big obstacle for the progressive take-over.
Problem with waking the giant is that it could awaken in an angry state, which could lead to civil war. That is not what we need. What we need is the outing and ousting of a government take-over. Quick education in sound bites is what is needed. It is important that people learn they are about to lose all they have known.
Tools to use are of course Twitter and Facebook. But I suggest that route should be used cautiously. It is controlled by those who would over-come our government. The old-fashioned route is the only way...we in the south have not forgotten how that works. People not in the south need to get it figured out. Rural west and northern folks also know what to do.
What’s our timeline? I do not think it wise to think in terms of elections. It is my opinion that full awakening needs to occur by the end of August. I do believe that is possible. I know...sounds incredibly optimistic.
Some historical information that has been of great value to me in waking me from my slumber are the following links.
Yuri Bezmenov, ex-KGB, explains the process of subversion, which is the blue print being followed by the current government take-over. This seven part series outlines it well. “Crisis” is the stage we are in now.
This video outlines things from the viewpoint of American insiders who know what is going on:
This link is a historical look at how the Germans were duped by the Nazi’s. The similarities are painful to see. There are six parts. This is a link to the first part.
In addition to these educational vids, I think a number of activist things could make huge statements. Think in terms of how to cut off the message coming from the take-over movement. Not counter-act the message, but cut off the message. Keeping the message in front of the people is what keeps them going. This is their supply line.
Never underestimate the power of humor in getting people educated. The idea of the Breitbart t-shirt that says “So?” was a good idea I saw somewhere on FR. Also, other funny sayings:
—Barack-acy is Bringing Me Down!
—Not Listening...Not listening!!
—t-shirt that is black on one side and white on the other, with the words, “Can you tell which is my racist side?”
—Progressives: May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor
And if someone wants to get going on some activism right now, try getting this out there in the twitter/facebook realm:
For Trayvon: let the New Black Panthers hear about this racist gun-slinger! Maybe the New Black Panthers would want to place a bounty on his head, too? Oh, Spike Lee??!! Could we get some address assistance here?
okay. i’m done ranting now. hope there is some value in all this.
“okay. im done ranting now. hope there is some value in all this.”
Believe me, there was plenty!
LOL! Sorry. Sometimes I get too carried away! :)
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