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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental justice (EJ) 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.

Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies. 

Meaningful involvement  means: 

  • People have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may affect their environment and/or health regardless of community demographics or social determinants of environmental health; 
  • The public's contribution can influence the regulatory agency's decision; 
  • Community concerns will be considered in the decision making process; and 
  • Decision makers will seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected.

Public Participation

Public participation is an integral part of Kentucky’s environmental programs.  Many of our permitting actions and all of our regulations go through a formal public notice and comment period, open to all citizens that give them the ability to influence agency decisions before they are finalized. 

Public Notices & Hearings

What's in my Neighborhood?


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Cleanups in My Community

Interactive map of hazardous waste cleanup sites, brownfields and grants in your community.

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EJ Screen

EPA's environmental justice mapping and screening tool is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combine environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.

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Enforcement & Compliance History Online

Use EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online website to search for facilities in your community to assess their compliance with environmental regulations.

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Superfund Sites

Explore the U.S. EPA's interactive map of National Priority List Superfund sites and federal-state cooperative assessment programs.

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