Get involved with NJ’s Environmental Justice Law Rulemaking Process
Pursuant to EJ Law, NJ publishes list of Overburdened Communities (OBCs) and EJ Mapping Tool

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Office of Environmental Justice


NJ’s Environmental Justice Law

NJDEP is conducting rulemaking for New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law. Click here for information on the rulemaking, stakeholder process, recordings from past meetings, and how to give your input.

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Overburdened Communities (OBCs)

Pursuant to New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law, NJ has published a list of block groups identified as Overburdened Communities (OBCs), an Environmental Justice Mapping Tool, and associated data. Click here for OBC data.

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Furthering the Promise: A Guidance Document for Advancing Environmental Justice Across State Government

As directed under the Governor’s Executive Order 23, this guidance document provides a framework and tools for New Jersey’s executive branch agencies to implement environmental justice in their work and decision-making processes.

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Addressing Climate Change

Climate change severely affects overburdened communities. New Jersey is taking bold steps to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change, including specific actions to support clean energy in underserved communities.

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Site Remediation Community Corner

The Site Remediation Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) cases can now be viewed in a web mapping application.

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NJ DEP Message on
Social Justice

We must listen to and amplify the voices of people of color. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection stands with its black and brown employees and all people of color in New Jersey, and across the country, in pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice.

We can and must do better to further the promise of equality—for all.

Environmental Justice Advisory Council (EJAC) Statement on the Death of George Floyd (pdf)

Environmental Emergency?Call the DEP Hotline at 1-877-WARN-DEP or 1-877-927-6337

Environmental Non-Emergency?NJDEP Warning

About EJ
About Us

Learn about the functions and staff of the Office of Environmental Justice.

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DEP initiatives and projects incorporating environmental justice.

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EJ at State Agencies
EJ at State Agencies

State agency environmental justice planning and implementation hub.

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EJ Council
EJ Advisory Council

Advisory body to the Commissioner of the DEP on environmental justice.

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Law, Policy, and Regulation

State and federal environmental justice law, policy, and regulation.

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Tools and training to assist in considering environmental justice in your community.

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Take Action

How to get involved and support environmental justice in your community.

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Whats in My Community
What’s in My Community?

Interactive mapping tool to help residents identify sources of air pollution in and around their community.

Mapping Application
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Current AQI

The air quality index (AQI) is a daily report on the status of outdoor air quality in the region, along with associated health effects.