The Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs
(EJ and Tribal Affairs) at DTSC was established in July 2016. This new program
aims to build on DTSC's efforts to enhance protections for vulnerable
communities, and ensure that those most impacted by multiple sources of
pollution have a voice in the decision-making process. Under the direction of
the Assistant Director for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, program
staff will collaborate with impacted communities and other government agencies
to promote equitable data collection and communication; improve public access
to technical resources and decision-makers; and enhance protections for
Read the September EJ and Tribal Affairs newsletter
What is Environmental Justice?
justice is defined in California law as
"the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with
respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of
environmental laws, regulations, and policies."
more about DTSC's Environmental Justice program here.
Tribal Governments and California Indian Tribes
Californian Indian Tribe refers to either a federally-recognized
California Tribal government listed on the most recent notice of the Federal
Register or a non-federally recognized California Tribal government on the
California Tribal Consultation List maintained by the California Native
American Heritage Commission. Learn
more about DTSC's Tribal Affairs program here.
Environmental Justice Program Update June 2016 (new hyperlink)
Links to Other Helpful
Native American Tribal Relations
Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
US Environmental Protection
Agency Environmental Justice
Environmental Protection Agency Tribal