Wednesday, January 30, 2013

EPA Policy Documents on Title VI

Two Draft EPA Policy Documents on Title VI Out for Public Comment

EPA has made improving its civil rights program a priority and recognizes that its enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) is an important tool in its efforts to protect against discrimination and ensure that recipients of EPA financial assistance do not discriminate in implementing programs and activities.

As part of this effort, EPA has posted two draft policy papers for review and comment. The first draft policy paper proposes to change the way EPA assesses "adversity" by having the Agency refrain from applying a "rebuttable presumption" in certain Title VI investigations. The second draft paper discusses EPA's thinking on how to expand the roles of complainants and recipients in the Title VI complaints process.

EPA also adopted a Title VI Term and Condition that will be included in domestic grant awards made on or after January 23, 2013.

The two draft policy papers and the new grants language are on OCR's website at EPA will take comments on the two draft policy papers until March 8, 2013.

For further information or questions please contact:
Helena Wooden-Aguilar
External Civil Rights - Assistant Director
US EPA - Office of Civil Rights

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