Environmental justice (“EJ”) is rapidly evolving in Virginia while people

are still trying to understand what EJ actually means. As a result, regulators

are unsure of how to incorporate environmental justice in their decisionmaking

process while the regulated are uncertain of how to proceed in the

ever-changing political, social, and regulatory landscape. This article gives

an overview of EJ’s evolution in Virginia, synthesizing notable environmental

justice legal decisions; providing supplementary research on environmental

justice studies, workgroups, and reports; and offering several predictions

on EJ’s fate in the Commonwealth.