MPCA Environmental Justice Areas of Consideration 2016

This layer represents areas of consideration for MPCA environmental justice efforts. Our goal is to highlight regions where community members are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues. The data fields in this layer are a mix of American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates and calculations performed by MPCA staff. Margins of error are considered when determining potential areas of consideration.As an attempt to highlight environmental justice areas of concern, we show census tracts where the estimated percentage of the population that identify as people of color is 50% or greater and the estimated percentage of economically disadvantaged community members is 40% or greater. We include language information for each census tract and highlight the top three estimated languages spoken by those who report that they do not speak English well.Income Threshold:The federal government defines poverty thresholds on an annual basis ( ). For MPCA use, we show an income threshold at 1.85 times the federal poverty threshold.2016:1.85 x $12,228 = $22,622 (individual)1.85 x $24,563 = $45,442 (family of four).<br/><br/>This dataset also consists of Census Tribal Areas. These data were been clipped to Minnesota for the following file provided by the U.S. Census Bureau: 2016 Cartographic Boundary File, Current American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Areas for United States, 1:500,000. These Census Tribal Areas represent areas of consideration for MPCA environmental justice efforts.

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Last Updated June 21, 2019, 10:02
Created June 21, 2019, 10:02
dsAccessConst None
dsCurrentRef These data reflect the state of the MPCA's Environmental Justice Areas of Consideration as of the publication date.
dsModifiedDate 2019-06-21 00:51:18
dsOriginator Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
dsPeriodOfContent 6/6/2019
dsPurpose This data was developed to identify locations that should be considered for MPCA environmental justice efforts. The MPCA defines environmental justice 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. This will be achieved when everyone benefits from the same degree of environmental protection and has equal access to the decision-making processes that contribute to a healthy environment. The MPCA is committed to this goal and integrating environmental justice principles into the work of the agency.

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