The Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group (EJ IWG) was established in 1994 under Executive Order 12898. It is led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and comprised of 17 Federal agencies and White House offices. The EJ IWG was developed to guide, support, and enhance EJ at the Federal level and increase local community capacity by promoting and implementing innovative and comprehensive solutions to environmental justice issues.
The Executive Order received renewed attention in 2010 under the Obama administration with the reinvigoration of the EJ IWG that called for most of the IWG agencies to update their EJ strategic plans. As a result, in 2011 IWG agencies took a landmark step to support environmental justice by adopting a Charter and signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 (MOU). The MOU served as a formal agreement among Federal agencies to recommit to addressing environmental justice through a more collaborative, comprehensive, and efficient process. It also broadened the EJ IWG to include additional agencies and articulates additional commitments made by member agencies. For more information on the EJ IWG, see the EJ IWG webpage.