Environmental Justice is defined by state law as, "the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and income with respect to development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental law, regulation, and policies" (Gov't Code §65040.12). Essentially, Environmental Justice is intended to creates a level, or equitable, playing field for affected communities when it comes to laws, regulations, and policies that effect the environment and quality of life and health.
Environmental Justice state law requires the County to incorporate Environmental Justice policy into its General Plan to address reduction of health risks, promote civic engagement, and prioritization of captial improvements and services within "disadvantaged communities." A disadvantaged community ("EJ Community) is an area that is affected by environmental pollution and other hazards and is also typically an economically disadvantaged (e.g. low income) community.