Frequent Questions

Why is the EJ Technical Guidance important?

The EJ Technical Guidance makes four main recommendations designed to ensure consistency across EPA assessments of potential EJ concerns for regulatory actions. The recommendations encourage analysts to conduct the highest quality analysis feasible, recognizing that data limitations, time and resource constraints, and analytic challenges will vary by media and circumstance. They are not designed to be prescriptive and do not mandate the use of a specific approach. The recommendations are:

  • Analysts should use best professional judgement to determine the combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis that is possible and appropriate for each regulatory action; for regulatory actions where impacts or benefits are quantified, some level of quantitative analysis for EJ is recommended.
  • Analysts should integrate applicable questions during the planning and scoping and problem formulation stages of the risk assessment.
  • Analysts should follow identified best practices for incorporating potential EJ concerns into regulatory analysis, when feasible and applicable.
  • Analysts should consider the distribution of costs associated with implementing a regulatory option from an EJ perspective when appropriate, feasible, and relevant.
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