Executive Order No. 23

Signed on 4/20/2018  

Governor Philip Murphy signed Executive Order No 23, directing DEP, in consultation with the Department of Law and Public Safety and other relevant departments, “to take the lead in developing guidance for all Executive branch departments and agencies for the consideration of Environmental Justice in implementing their statutory and regulatory responsibilities.” It directed DEP to lead development of guidance to consider EJ within 6 months. “Following publication of final guidance, all Executive branch departments and agencies shall consider the issue of Environmental Justice and make evaluations and assessments in accordance with that guidance, to the extent not inconsistent with law.” The Order also extended EJAC, which was set to expire. 

The guidance developed by DEP can be viewed here, “Furthering the Promise: A Guidance Document for Advancing Environmental Justice Across State Government.” 

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