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DHS issues Draft Environmental Justice Strategy for Public Comment

Posted by Alice Hill, Senior Counselor to the Secretary, and Margo Schlanger, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to announce the release for public comment of our draft Environmental Justice Strategy. This draft strategy outlines DHS’s approach to incorporating environmental justice into the homeland security missions most applicable to environmental justice considerations.

DHS is committed to meeting the goals of Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations” and the interagency Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 -- which state that participating federal agencies should take into account environmental justice considerations as part of their policies, programs and activities.

We invite you to comment on the draft strategy. Please send your comments via e-mail to Environmental.Justice@hq.dhs.gov by Friday, January 13, 2012. DHS will then review those comments and finalize the strategy, while continuing our ongoing dialogue with stakeholders.

The draft Strategy is being released in coordination with several other federal agencies who, along with DHS, participate in an Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice. Within DHS, offices and components throughout the Department have actively participated in the creation of the strategy and in the Department’s ongoing work on environmental justice.

As we work every day to help keep our nation safe, we are mindful of the impact of our activities on individuals and communities. We look forward to continuing this dialogue with stakeholders and the public on incorporating environmental justice practices into our homeland security efforts.

Read the draft DHS Environmental Justice Strategy.
Published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
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