Is size of the population important in making an environmental
No. It is the
magnitude or severity of the impacts that is important. A small number of
minority or low-income persons in the plan, project or study area does
not eliminate the possibility of a disproportionately high or
adverse effect from proposed actions.
Do we have to assess all projects for environmental justice
Yes. The federal guidance document indicates that
environmental justice is an integral part of the planning
process. It should be included in all public involvement
efforts; in the development of the Transportation Improvement
Programs; and should be considered in all environmental
documents, including Environmental Impact Statements,
Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions. The
Bureau of Environment has tiered the approach to environmental
How do you involve non-traditional groups (e.g., minority, low income
persons) in the transportation
web site for the processes to follow to engage the public in
Must minority or low-income populations be present in
order for environmental justice issues to be raised?
No. It is not
the size of the populations that initiates environmental justice
high and adverse effects on minority or low-income populations
can still be determined in the absence of a defined neighborhood
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