DOT seeks comments on environmental justice strategy

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking comments and suggestions on its updated environmental justice strategy to reduce the disproportionately high adverse human health and environmental effects of transportation programs, policies and activities on minority and low-income populations.

Under guidance from the Obama administration, DOT signed an interagency memorandum of understanding in August, inviting agencies to adopt or update their environmental justice strategies. Collectively, DOT and its agencies are in the process of updating guidance and strategy documents.

A key component of the strategy is promoting greater community participation in decision-making processes. From now until Dec. 31, DOT is inviting the public to provide insights, experiences and ideas for enhancing environmental justice in transportation-related activities by signing on to www.ej.ideascale.com.