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PA Environmental Justice Areas

How does DEP identify Environmental Justice (EJ) areas?

An EJ area is any census tract where 20 percent or more individuals live in poverty, and/or 30 percent or more of the population is minority.

* This is based on the most current census tract data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the federal guidelines for poverty.

Where are Pennsylvania's EJ areas located?

To determine if your community is located in an EJ area, reference eMap or contact the regional coordinator in your region. If you would like to find an exact location, you can follow the instructions in Using eMap PA to determine Environmental Justice (EJ) Areas (PDF), which will guide you step by step through the eMap system. The document is in Adobe PDF format. To read or print the document, you must have PDF viewing software. This software is free and can be downloaded by clicking here.