How Oklahoma is Addressing Environmental Justice
- How Does Oklahoma Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
- How Does Oklahoma Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
- How Does Oklahoma Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
- Additional Oklahoma Environmental Justice Provisions
- Oklahoma Environmental Justice Contacts
- Where to Find Oklahoma Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
(with full citations) All States & Territories
How Does Oklahoma Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
Environmental Justice Definitions
Environmental Justice Mapping Tools
How Does Oklahoma Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
Environmental Justice as a Policy of the Environmental Agency or Across All Agencies
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Permitting
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Enforcement
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Land Use
State Environmental Policy Act “Mini-NEPA”
Dedicated Funding to Environmental Justice Communities
Consideration of Cumulative Impacts
Prohibitions on Disparate Impact Discrimination
Established Environmental Rights
How Does Oklahoma Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
Environmental Justice as Part of Environmental Agency’s Mission
Environmental Justice as Part of Other Agency’s Mission
Processes and Procedures (including Title VI)
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) website includes a statement of nondiscrimination.
The ODEQ website also includes a brief description of procedures for filing a discrimination complaint. It identifies the ODEQ Grievance Manager as:
Catherine Sharp, Director
Administrative Services Division
707 N. Robinson, P.O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1677
Enhanced Public Participation and Information Access
The ODEQ website states “The DEQ will take reasonable steps to ensure that persons of limited-English proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access to and an equal opportunity to participate in the services and benefits provided by the DEQ. Translation services will be made available as needed.”
Consultation with Indigenous Communities and Tribal Nations
With the 2020 Supreme Court decision in McGirt, DEQ is continuously adapting and attempting to anticipate requirements for consultation and shared jurisdiction with Tribal Nations. Because Oklahoma is the only state affected by McGirt and because state and federal policies continue to evolve (and be litigated) DEQ works closely with Tribal Nations on any permitting decisions that affect our shared areas jurisdiction and responsibility. DEQ has a Tribal Coordinator/liaison for this purpose. DEQ’s relationship with Tribal Nations is strong and dates back to the inception of the agency.
Governmental Environmental Justice Structures, Positions, and Funding Streams
Environmental Justice Coordinating Agency
Environmental Justice Coordinator
he Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has an Environmental Justice Coordinator, Jennifer Boyle, whose role is coordinating contact between DEQ subject matter experts and sharing environmental justice information from EPA.
Environmental Justice Advisory Board
Funding for Environmental Justice
Additional Oklahoma Environmental Justice Provisions
Oklahoma Environmental Justice Contacts
ODEQ Grievance Manager
EJ Coordinator, ODEQ
Where to Find Oklahoma Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
Legislation and Statutes