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Environmental Justice Advisory Group

Active dates:2016-
Established by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine

The Environmental Justice Advisory Group advises the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner on implementation of the agency's environmental justice framework, provides feedback on its effectiveness, and offers suggestions for future improvements. The Group also provides input to the MPCA on activities and timeframes for framework implementation.


The Environmental Justice Advisory Group was created in 2016 by former MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine, but the agency's work in this area dates back further.

Following action on the national level, the MPCA began formally working on environmental justice in the mid-1990s. Presidential Executive Order 12898, issued in 1994, directed each federal agency to make “achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies and activities on minority and low-income populations”. The Presidential Executive Order built on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. As a recipient of federal funding, the MPCA is required to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The MPCA developed a policy for environmental justice that closely mirrors the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policy.

In 2013 the MPCA renewed a commitment to environmental justice and added an environmental justice goal and objectives into the agency's strategic plan:

Pollution does not have a disproportionate negative impact on any group of people.


  1. Develop and implement program strategies to identify and address environmental justice concerns.
  2. Identify and enhance opportunities for all Minnesotans to provide meaningful input into MPCA environmental decision-making.

17 members. Unpaid members are appointed by the commissioner. Many members work for advocacy groups or nonprofits. 

Internet resource:
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Most of advisory group quits over permit for Line 3 pipeline. Minnesota Lawyer, 11/18/2020.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2020.
Record last updated: 11/19/2020

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