Environmental Justice

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, each Federal agency shall ensure that all programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance that affect human health or the environment do not directly, or through other arrangements, use criteria, methods, or practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Part of Title VI reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The three fundamental environmental justice (EJ) principles are:

  • To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations;
  • To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process; and
  • To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority populations and low-income populations.

NIRPC has a commitment to these three environmental justice principles in all of the work that NIRPC does.

Per the Governor's Executive Order, the NIRPC office is closed until at least April 21. NIRPC staff is working remotely, but is equipped to handle most matters.