Back in the days of 9/11 some lone voices in the Wilderness, not me, said that we ought to be careful of establishing another Arm of the Government with sort of power DHS had… Well we have a crazy son of a bitch in office and sure enough he is using DHS to go after everyone.
Environmental Justice Strategy February 2012
“Environmental justice” describes the commitment of the Federal Government, through its policies, programs, and activities, to avoid placing disproportionately high and adverse effects on the human health and environment of minority or low-income populations. As described in the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), our Nation’s vision of homeland security is a homeland safe and secure, resilient against terrorism and other hazards, and where American interests and aspirations and the American way of life can thrive. In seeking to fulfill this vision, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aspires to avoid burdening minority and low-income populations with a disproportionate share of any adverse human health or environmental risks associated with our efforts to secure the Nation. DHS joins with other departments and agencies to appropriately include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities.
A. Overview DHS’ ability to affect environmental justice arises principally through environmental review of the impact of our own operations, financial assistance to state, local and tribal governments, and through regulatory permitting activities. Recognizing that the incorporation of environmental justice policies may be highly variable across parts of the Department depending on a component’s mission, this Environmental Justice Strategy is intended to promote a comprehensive, consistent and adaptive strategy among our components.
In August 2011, DHS joined a Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice (EJ MOU) to participate in government-wide environmental justice efforts, consistent with DHS’ own authorities and missions, and is a “Participating Agency” in the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, pursuant to section III.B of the EJ MOU.
In accordance with Executive Order 12898 and the EJ MOU, federal agencies, including DHS, agreed to fulfill the following commitments on Federal Agency Environmental Justice Strategies, Public Input, and Annual Reporting: Environmental Justice Strategy. This is the first DHS Environmental Justice Strategy. As a part of the development of this Strategy, DHS provided public access through posting a draft of the Strategy on its public website, provided an email address for the submission of public comments, provided a notice of the availability of the Strategy to stakeholders with an interest in DHS civil rights and civil liberties issues and posted a link to the draft Strategy on the Environmental Justice webpage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s public website Here Come the Green Police! DHS Launches ‘Environmental Justice’ Units « The Constitution Club