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Environmental Justice

DEP Environmental Justice (EJ) Office

The Office of Environmental Justice was established as a point of contact for Pennsylvania residents in low income areas and areas with a higher number of minorities. Its primary goal is to increase communities' environmental awareness and involvement in the DEP permitting process. The Office of Environmental Justice fulfills a critical role within DEP – ensuring that the Pennsylvanians most at risk from pollution and other environmental impacts have a voice in the decision-making process.


EPA's Environmental Justice Resource Guide: A Handbook for Communities and Decision-Makers (PDF) 

Environmental Justice Showcase Communities by Region

EPA Region 3: Mid-Atlantic

Serving Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia

The EPA Mid Atlantic Region’s Environmental Justice Program is coordinated through the Office of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice (OECEJ). OECEJ coordinates the Region’s work on issues of Environmental Justice concern internally through the Region’s Environmental Justice work Group. The work group is made up of representatives from each Division/Office.
OECEJ works collaboratively to build capacity internally and externally through outreach and education in the form of training, facilitated discussions, participation in work groups and focused dialogue.  The office works with a variety of environmental justice stakeholders through direct work with communities and other partners on the ground.