Community Outreach and Environmental Justice
Covanta is committed to engage with and support the communities in which it has or will have facilities. Covanta believes in the meaningful opportunity for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, income, national origin, or education level to be knowledgeable and have the right to participate in public decisions and actions which have an impact on their environment and neighborhoods.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines Environmental Justice (EJ) as 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.
In response to the need to ensure all communities have a fair and just opportunity to participate in the decision making process in matters impacting local environments, we maintain a community outreach and environmental justice policy to support our commitment to engage fully with local communities, to reduce discharges and minimize emissions and to do this in a manner which ensures meaningful community involvement. Developed with input from a variety of environmental justice experts, the policy extends our overall EJ commitment to involving local citizens in major permit activities that we may be considering in a given community at a given point in time.