BFCG is a strong supporter of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which states that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The Benton-Franklin COG Title VI Plan is available at the following link: BFCG 2019 Title VI Plan
If a person feels they have been discriminated against by BFCG because of race, color, national origin, income, or disability, they are encouraged to fill out the BFCG Title VI Complaint Form and mail or email to BFCG Title VI Coordinator at P.O. Box 217, Richland, WA 99352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental Justice will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
- To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.
- To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.
- To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority populations and low-income populations.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) will ensure that no qualified disabled individual shall, solely on the basis of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any of its programs, services, or activities as provided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). BFCG further ensures that every effort will be made to provide nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities regardless of the funding source.
For more on ADA and transportation-related issues:
- Visit the WSDOT ADA Library