The purpose of this article is to give an account of the commencement of the regulatory process to achieve environmental justice and to highlight some of the issues presented to the Davis administration. Preliminarily, some background is required for context. The achievement of environmental justice does not start on a fresh slate. Federal statutes and federal executive initiatives impose separate legal requirements. These federal mandates both require actions by California state agencies and provide guidance on how to interpret the new California statutes. Thus, this article begins with an account of the legal and historical development of the concept of environmental justice.
Ellen M. Peter,
Implementing Environmental Justice: The New Agenda for California State Agencies, 31 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.