What Is Environmental Justice?
What Is It?:
defines an environmental justice area as “any census tract where 20
percent or more individuals live in poverty, and/or 30 percent or more
of the population is minority”. In Fayette County, the entirety of
Springhill, Nicholson, German, and Georges Townships are environmental
justice areas, as well as a large part of Dunbar Township.
Why Does It Matter?:
There are supposed to be enhanced public participation requirements
for permits in environmental justice areas, but news of this actually
ever happening is scarce. Among the issues affecting Environmental Justice are:
Where Can I Find It?:
- Only certain permits, called “trigger permits”, are considered for Environmental Justice.
Air Quality permits, a permit has to already fall under Major Source to
qualify as a trigger permit; Minor Source air quality permits now get
no public participation at all.
- There is no public participation in the determination
that an Air Quality permit is minor source. This means there is no
environmental justice in the determination that a permit is minor
document on public participation guidelines for environmental justice
areas is located here:
> See also:
For the 2010 Cenus GIS data delineating environmental justice areas, see:
What’s been said about it?:
For a Fayette Marcellus Watch citizen comment invoking Environmental Justice for the Springhill #2 Compressor Station, see:
For a Fayette County public comment on Environmental Justice policy see: