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Environmental Justice Policy

EEA maintains a policy of environmental justice to better serve the environmental needs of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents.

This document 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.

Environmental Justice Policy

Current Policy

Past Environmental Justice Policies

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. 

Draft EJ Policy – pre-2017 Issuance


Formally Submitted Public Comments on Draft EJ Policy – pre-2017 Issuance