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Title VI
Environmental Justice

Implementation of Environmental Justice principles into how we plan, design and deliver our projects means that we recognize the potential social and environmental impacts that ODOT activities may have on certain segments of the public. Environmental Justice addresses the unequal environmental burden often borne by minority and low-income populations. When associated with transportation projects, environmental justice effects may include disruptions in community cohesion, restricted commercial access, presence of hazardous materials, raised noise levels, or increased water and or air pollution among others.

DOT EJ Website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/ej2000.htm

There are three fundamental environmental justice principles summarized from Executive Order 12898 and the USDOT and FHWA orders:

  1. Avoid, minimize or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.
  2. Ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.
  3. Prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and/or low-income populations.

Selected Social Characteristics in Oregon
Community Impact Assessment Website
Data Collection Standards (pdf)

Contents

 Mission Statement
 What is Title VI?
 Public Involvement
 Program Objectives
 Environmental Justice
 Americans with Disabilities Act
 Limited English Proficiency
 Local Governments
 Discrimination Complaints
 Resources Within ODOT Major Programs
 Resources and Links
 Related Links
 Title VI Forms