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DHS Environmental Justice Strategy

The Department of Homeland Security is committed to identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority and low-income populations that may result from DHS programs, policies, and activities. For DHS, these considerations could occur during compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act; Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations; Executive Order 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis; Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government; and Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, and can include operational and administrative activities.

The environmental justice program within DHS is co-led by the Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer’s Sustainability and Environmental Programs and the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. These offices work throughout the Department and Components to provide policy and guidance, internal and external training, and subject matter expertise while fulfilling the obligations outlined in the Environmental Justice Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 (MOU). The MOU committed each agency to, among other things, finalize an environmental justice strategy and prepare annual implementation reports. The Department’s Annual Environmental Justice Implementation Report is posted each spring and is available below. The DHS Environmental Justice Strategy for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 is also available below. Both documents are available for public comment at any time by emailing sep-ephp@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 05/11/2022
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