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Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs

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 vulnerable communities.

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental 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.”

Learn more about DTSC’s Environmental Justice program.

Tribal Governments and California Indian Tribes

A 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.


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