Executive Order 97-16, Oregon Environmental Justice Citizen Advisory Board

Signed on 8/1/1997 

The Executive Order, signed by Governor Kitzhaber, established a 12-member Environmental Justice Advisory Board appointed by the Governor, representing “minority and low income communities, environmental interests, and the geographically diverse areas of Oregon.” It also directed all agency directors with authority in natural resource or environmental related areas, as designated by the Governor’s Natural Resource Office, to “report to the Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the Governor annually on the results of their efforts to implement the recommendations of the Environmental Equity Task Force Report.”  

“The report shall propose solutions for issues of environmental justice in Oregon… Evaluate the success of the agency in incorporating the task force recommendations into the relevant program or policy; b: Explain how the suggestions and input from minority and low income communities, expressed through the Environmental Justice Advisory Board, have been considered and/or integrated into the program or policy; c: Supply information on agency plans to expand upon the 1994 Advisory Committee report recommendations to further the progress of eliminating environmental injustice in Oregon.” 

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