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Environmental Justice and NEPA in the Transportation Arena: Project Highlights

Conclusions

The effective practices from the 10 NEPA projects highlighted in this report can be used by transportation practitioners trying to identify; understand; and avoid, minimize, or mitigate environmental justice impacts as part of their transportation projects. While the case studies confirm that there is no uniform approach to addressing environmental justice issues, they also support a conclusion that early, extensive, and far-reaching engagement of minority and low-income populations as part of the NEPA review process is essential. Determining whether impacts are disproportionately high and adverse remains a difficult aspect of the environmental review process. While the community context and resources impacted varied across the cases, the common denominator to all successes was working closely with the public to understand and address their needs.

Updated: 02/04/2013
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