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H.R.4652 - Environmental Justice Access and Implementation Act of 2007
To direct each Federal agency to establish an Environmental Justice Office, and for other purposes.
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December 13, 2007
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida (for himself, Ms. SOLIS, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. ELLISON, Ms. KILPATRICK, Ms. DEGETTE, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. PALLONE, Mrs. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. MEEK of Florida, Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida, Mr. WEXLER, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Mr. HONDA, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. CLAY, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. LEE, Mr. NADLER, Mr. HINCHEY, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. HINOJOSA, Mr. KUCINICH, and Ms. BERKLEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(1) The term `environmental justice' means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, educational level, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations in order to ensure that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) no minority or low-income population is forced to shoulder a disproportionate burden of the negative human health and environmental impacts of pollution or other environmental hazard.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) The term `fair treatment' means policies and practices that ensure that no group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups bear disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects resulting from Federal agency programs, policies, and activities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Identification and Prioritization of Environmental Justice Communities- For purposes of Executive Order 12898, criteria for defining an environmental justice community shall include demographic characteristics, such as percentages of minority and low-income residents within an area with a higher than average rate of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) exposure to environmental conditions, such as facility density and proximity to Corrective Action/Superfund Sites, Brownfields, Enforcement Data (percent and number of uninspected facilities, percent and number of unaddressed violations, average and total penalty and air nonattainment status), hazardous emissions, attainment status, hazardous indoor air quality, hazardous water quality, and traffic related to the covered or uncovered, transport of polluting substances.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. IMPLEMENTATION AND INTEGRATION OF FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES.
(b) Characteristics of Offices of Environmental Justice- Offices established by this Act shall be overseen by a Director of Senior Executive Service designation with environmental justice activities as their primary responsibility. Such offices should be established within 6 months of enactment of this ActCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Integration of Environmental Justice Policies in Agency Actions- For purposes of the environmental justice strategies developed by agencies under Executive Order 12898, each agency shall integrate the strategy into the operation and mission of the agency and explicitly address compliance with this Act, including in the following activities:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) The development of any future guidance, environmental reviews (including NEPA, CAA, Federal Land Policy Act), regulation, or procedures for Federal agency programs, policies, or activities that affect human health or the environment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Interagency Federal Working Group Coordination and Guidance- The Interagency Federal Working Group on Environmental Justice (in this section referred to as the `Working Group') shall--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) STAKEHOLDERS- To ensure their active public participation and to provide input early in environmental decision-making, Federal agencies along with the Working Group shall develop ways to enhance partnerships and coordination with stakeholders, including affected communities, Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments, environmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions (including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges), and business and industry.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) There are authorized to be appropriated for each of the entities named in section 3(a) and (b), $1,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2018 to carry out this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. COMMUNITY ACCESS AND PARTICIPATION IN FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES.
(1) IN GENERAL- Federal agencies shall collaboratively fund and establish community technology centers to assist with technical assistance issues in the environmental justice area, coordinated by the Interagency Federal Working Group on Environmental Justice.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) DESCRIPTION- In this subsection, the term `community technology center' (CTC) refers to programs with the goal of providing at least 10 hours of open access a week for anyone in a community, especially youth and adults in low-income urban and rural communities, for purposes of providing technical assistance to communities experiencing issues associated with environmental hazards.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) LOCATION- A community technology center may be located in places such as libraries, community centers, schools, churches, social service agencies, low-income residential housing complexes, and Minority Academic Institutions (such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) CRITERIA FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY CENTERS- The President shall recommend the minimum number of community technology centers based on demographic profiles of environmental justice communities, within 12 months of the implementation of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS- To further the development of the mandated environmental justice offices, the following reports on identified accomplishments, complaints, and implementation of this Act shall be undertaken:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) The President shall present an annual report to Congress on the state of environmental justice in the agencies identified in this Act within 12 months after the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to the entities named in this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2018 to carry out this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. DOCUMENTATION AND REPORTS.
To further the development of the mandated environmental justice offices, and other initiatives set forth by this Act, the following reports on identified accomplishments, complaints, and implementation of this Act shall be undertaken:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) The President shall present an annual report to Congress on the state of environmental justice in the agencies identified in this Act within 12 months after the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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