Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is the fair treatment of all people with respect to the development, adoption, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice is the right to a safe, healthy, productive, and sustainable environment, where "environment" includes the ecological, physical, social, political, aesthetic, and economic environment. Environmental justice addresses the disproportionate environmental risks borne by low-income communities and communities of color resulting from poor housing stock, poor nutrition, lack of access to healthcare, unemployment, underemployment, and employment in the most hazardous jobs.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) produced the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures in partnership with government, non-governmental agencies, business, industry, and members of the public. The document’s action agenda outlines how the United States can meet public health goals and achieve the NCEH/ATSDR vision to use and manage chemicals in ways that are safe and healthy for all people. The National Conversation provides guidance on creating a well-informed public and healthcare provider network, involving the public in government decisions, and encouraging partnerships among key groups and agencies.

Additional details can be found on the NACCHO Health Equity and Social Justice site.

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