The U.S. Department of Energy is proud to release our 2019 Environmental Justice Second Five-Year Implementation Plan. A special thank you goes out to the DOE Environmental Justice Task Force and points of contact for their support and contributions in completing this Plan.

The Department continues to be committed to environmental justice (EJ). This second Plan demonstrates this commitment. EJ is a principle of American democracy that combines civil rights with environmental protection. It enables those who have historically been excluded from environmental decision making to have access to environmental decision makers, decision-making processes, and the ability to make contributions to the decision-making process. To be productive participants, all stakeholders must be versed in the subject matter and understand the rules of the process. When citizens have a working knowledge of the process and issues, they can better engage in the process to help make decisions.