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Title VI Policy

Background

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made improving its civil rights program a priority and recognizes that its enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) is an important tool in its efforts to protect against discrimination and ensure that recipients of EPA financial assistance do not discriminate in implementing programs and activities.  On January 29, 2013, EPA released two draft policy papers via its website for public comment. The first paper, Adversity and Compliance With Environmental Health-Based Thresholds (PDF) (5pp, 216K, About PDF),  proposes to change the way EPA assesses “adversity” by having the Agency refrain from applying a “rebuttable presumption” in certain Title VI investigations.  The second paper, Roles of Complainants and Recipients in the Title VI Complaints and Resolution Process (PDF)(4pp, 52K, About PDF), discusses EPA’s clarification of  the roles of complainants and recipients in the Title VI complaint process.  Consistent with its goal to promote transparency, EPA initially posted these documents on its website and sent notification of the posting to stakeholders who previously had expressed an interest in agency activities.  On April 26, 2013, EPA will publish these documents in the Federal Register with a 30-day comment period in an effort to further expand the potential audience who may see these documents.  Also, EPA will host two outreach sessions via teleconference with interested stakeholders concerning these two draft policies. 

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Scheduled Teleconference Calls:

A conference call is scheduled for April 30, 2013, and May 14, 2013, from 2:30 - 3:30 pm (EST). If you would like to participate, or have questions about the call, please contact either: Karen Randolph at 202-564-0732 (randolph.karen@epa.gov), or Jerett Yan at 202-564-3113 (yan.jerett@epa.gov) in the Office of Civil Rights. 

Listserv:

The Office of Civil Rights would like to invite you to join OCR’s External Civil Rights ListServ. The purpose of this informational tool is to notify individuals about activities at EPA in the field of external civil rights, including Title VI.  EPA is interested in building an email distribution list of individuals, organizations, and entities that have an interest in EPA’s External Civil Rights Program, including Title VI.  To join EPA’s OCR ListServ submit your name, organization that you represent, if applicable, address phone number, and email address to Karen Randolph at 202-564-0732 (randolph.karen@epa.gov).  

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