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"Each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations." - Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income populations, 1994.
What is Environmental Justice?
Environmental justice became an official policy of the US Government when President William Clinton signed Executive Order 12898 in 1994, fortifying Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits or subjection to discrimination, based on race, color or national origin, under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Executive Order required all agencies of the Federal Government to identify and address the effects of all programs, policies and activities on “minority populations and low-income populations.” To address this policy, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) initiatives, and by extension involve “the potentially affected public in developing transportation projects that fit harmoniously within their communities without sacrificing safety or mobility.”
Executive Order 12898 and the Department of Transportation’s Order on Environmental Justice apply to all of the DOT’s policies, programs and other activities that are undertaken, funded or approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) or other components of the DOT.
Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Title VI and Related Statutes Nondiscrimination Statement:
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), as a recipient of Federal funding and under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and related statutes, ensures that no person shall on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against by any MPO program or activity.