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About the EEA Environmental Justice Task Force

All people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.

About the Task Force

EEA’s Environmental Justice (EJ) Task Force is composed of staff that serve as EJ points of contact representing each EEA agency and office, in accordance with the requirements of EEA's Environmental Justice Policy. The Task Force is developing a Secretariat-wide EJ Strategy to promote environmental, energy and climate justice across the Commonwealth in ways that are tailored to each EEA Agency’s mission. The EJ Strategy will guide EEA agencies and offices in how to appropriately integrate environmental, energy and climate justice considerations into policies, programs and strategies.

Environmental Justice Policy & Executive Order 552

EEA Environmental Justice Policy (updated June 2021)
The Environmental Justice Policy is updated with the following (1)Secretary Kathleen Theoharides’ signature,(2)the new statutorily-required definition of ‘Environmental Justice Population’ adopted in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2021: “An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy,” and (3) the provision of a process by which some neighborhoods may be included or excluded from such definition.  This policy and the new definition of EJ Population shall be adopted by all EEA agencies and will remain in effect until formally amended by a EJ Policy-mandated review and full public participation process.

Executive Order on Environmental Justice (E.O. No.552)
The Executive Order 552 was issued on November 25th, 2014 requiring the Secretariat to take action in promoting environmental justice. 

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Task Force Agency Leads

Please contact the appropriate individuals with questions or comments regarding energy or environmental issues in your neighborhood. We are eager to hear from you, and we will endeavor to respond promptly to specific inquiries.

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