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Air Quality Program

Environmental Justice Advisory Committee

The Clean Air Rule establishes an Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. Ecology will oversee the formation and membership of the committee. The Committee will be made up of people who are well-informed on the principles of environmental justice and who represent communities of color, low-income populations, and environmental justice interests from geographically diverse areas of the state.

Some of the emission reduction units from the reserve will be used to address environmental concerns affecting highly impacted communities. Ecology will determine the number of units available to the committee. Before this can happen, the reserve fund must be sufficient to cover other needs. Ecology anticipates that it may take several compliance periods before the fund is large enough to support the Environmental Justice Committee’s priorities.

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.1

What will the Environmental Justice Committee do?

The committee will determine the priorities and develop the environmental justice criteria used in determining the distribution of the units. Ecology will give final approval before units are distributed.

Who will receive the emission reduction units?

Units will be given to businesses covered under the Clean Air Rule for their work on projects that benefit highly-impacted communities.

1 “Environmental Justice.” EPA, Updated November 20, 2016.

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