According the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: (For more details visit the EPA Environmental Justice web page)
Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies.
Meaningful involvement means:
Other sections of this Environmental Law LibGuide will also be helpful when searching for environmental justice resources, since resources with an environmental justice focus will always be found in general environmental law sources. The resources listed below will be especially helpful. And don't forget the extensive collection of environmental justice books you can locate through a JULIEN Catalog Search.
The entire list of Environmental Databases is recommended as a starting point for articles, research reports, etc.
Using key terms such as environmental justice/injustice, environmental racism, environmental inequality, environmental discrimination, civil rights, etc. will be useful, as well as more specific terms. Some of these terms may include and be used in combination with other terms: toxic waste, superfund, water pollution, air pollution, brownfields, vulnerable communities, minority communities, etc.