Office of Civil Rights External Compliance Program Nondiscrimination Requirements for Applicants and Recipients of EPA Assistance

Under EPA’s nondiscrimination regulations (40 C.F.R. Parts 5 & 7) the external compliance program ensures that recipients of EPA assistance comply with the relevant requirements under federal law. This is done by investigating complaints filed by the public which allege discriminatory conduct by EPA recipients, and through civil rights compliance reviews of recipient and/or applicant programs.

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