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Environmental Justice (EJ)

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA or Agency) is committed to protecting the health of the citizens of Illinois and its environment, and to promoting environmental equity in the administration of its programs to the extent it may do so legally and practicably. The Illinois EPA supports the objectives of achieving environmental equity for all of the citizens of Illinois.

"Environmental Justice" is based on the principle that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and have the right to a clean and healthy environment. Environmental justice is the protection of the health of the people of Illinois and its environment, equity in the administration of the State's environmental programs, and the provision of adequate opportunities for meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

The assumption of this policy is that it is evolutionary. Environmental Justice policies and activities will continue to develop, as appropriate, through the normal course of the Agency's regulatory and programmatic duties. In addition to the normal evolution of the policy, the Agency is planning outreach activities to gather comments and public input for this spring. The Illinois EPA recognizes that this policy alone will not achieve environmental equity in all instances. Moreover, public and private commitment to the implementation of this policy is needed to achieve the goals of this policy and to promote environmental equity in this State.

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Environmental Justice Notification Letter Sign-up Inscríbase en español

Environmental Justice notification letters are to provide enhanced public outreach about permit transactions at the Illinois EPA to individuals, elected officials, and community groups. To receive Environmental Justice notification letters by email, please sign up below. For more information on the Environmental Justice notification process, please see our Notification Process factsheet (Léalo en Español).

*​The EJ Notification Letter includes a Distribution List of all organizations receiving the letter. If you include an organization when signing up for the listserv, this information will be represented on the letter's public list.

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