An overarching principle of Washington's plan is to improve air quality for communities that have historically borne a disproportionate share of the air pollution.
Low income households, communities of color, and minority populations located near industrial facilities, ports, and high-traffic or freight corridors often bear a disproportionate share of air pollution. Ecology, in coordination with Washington Department of Health, local clean air agencies, and environmental justice community organizations, will use a variety of tools (Washington Tracking Network, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's Highly Impacted Communities analysis, Ecology Comprehensive Emissions Inventory, etc.) to identify and consider beneficial impacts of projects in disproportionately impacted communities.
For example, Ecology has determined that projects along the I-5 corridor, located near and between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, including SeaTac Airport, represent the type of area that deserves priority consideration. Through its stakeholder process, Washington will engage these communities to help identify appropriate projects that mitigate the impact of NOX emissions and improve air quality in their communities.
To the extent practical, Washington will use mitigation funds for actions that provide air quality benefits in disproportionately impacted communities.