On February 11, 1994, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898: Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations. The order provides that "each agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations."
In support of Executive Order 12898, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an Order on Environmental Justice (DOT Order 5610.2). This order clarifies and reinforces Title VI responsibilities in federally financed transportation projects.
Another integral component of Environmental Justice is public involvement in the planning and development of transportation projects. The DOT Order (5610.2) on Environmental Justice directs departments of transportation to provide minority and low-income populations greater access to information on and opportunities for public participation in matters that may impact their health and environment. Public participation is accomplished in a variety of ways such as public hearings, open houses and community outreach. Calvert County Public Transportation strives for public involvement as early as possible in the planning and development stages of major transportation projects.
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