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A Review of Executive Order 12898
A Review of the Department of Energy’s Implementation of Executive Order 12898 and Recommendations for a Second Five-Year Strategic Plan.

Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to ensure that the principles of environmental justice (EJ) are applied to all the DOE’s programs, policies, and activities. In pursuit of our mission and goals, we treat people fairly and achieve early and meaningful involvement by our affected communities and broader stakeholder populations.  Learn more about the DOE’s EJ goals and objectives in the 2007 DOE EJ Strategy2017 DOE EJ Strategy, 2008 DOE Environmental Justice Five-Year Implementation Plan, and 2019 DOE Environmental Justice Five-Year Implementation Plan. Read about the DOE’s EJ accomplishments in the Department’s implementation progress reports, and the 2018 report on DOE Public Engagement, Education, and Outreach Accomplishments. Please see “Environmental Justice at DOE” to learn more about environmental justice at DOE.

Upcoming Events

Congressional Black Caucus Environmental Justice Braintrust 

  • September 18, 2020 in Washington, DC

POSTPONED: 2020 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program (NEJC) 

POSTPONED: 13th National ​Conference on Health Disparities

Agency Contact

Melinda Downing (Environmental Justice)

Melinda Downing
Office of Legacy Management
Washington, D.C.
Telephone: (202) 586-7703
Email: melinda.downing@hq.doe.gov