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Port of Huntington Tri-State Collaborative Geographic Initiative

The Port of Huntington Tri-State (Port) is the largest inland port in the United States in terms of total tonnage as well as ton-miles of cargo.  The Port stretches 100 miles along the Ohio River, 90 miles along the Kanawha River, and 9 miles along the Big Sandy River.  Port operations occur in major cities such as Ashland, Ky., Huntington, W.Va. and Charleston, W.Va.  Port of Huntington Boundary Map-PDF [1p, 724k, about pdf]   The Port of Huntington Tri-State Collaborative Geographic Initiative addresses the impacts of environmental noncompliance on the area's land, air, and water resources by facilities using the Port and promotes environmental stewardship in the area.    
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EPA's Involvement

The Port of Huntington Tri-State Collaborative Geographic Initiative began in November 2008.  Its goals are to

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Initiative Partners

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Overall Strategy

The Initiative includes complimentary strategies on enforcement, compliance assistance and environmental justice.

Enforcement Strategy

Compliance Investigations

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Compliance Assistance Strategy

Compliance Assistance (CA) includes activities or information that help regulated facilities understand their regulatory obligations for new and existing federal environmental regulations.  The goal of the CA strategy is to increase understanding of environmental requirements, improve environmental management practices and reduce pollution as a result of direct assistance to regulated entities in the Port.  CA efforts will be directed toward facilities in the following sectors:

Sector-specific compliance assistance materials have been provided to more than 800 facilities in these sectors.

Additionally, sector-specific compliance assistance materials were also sent to approximately 350 K-12 Schools, 200 Child/Day-care facilities, 50 Colleges/Universities and 40 Hospitals/Medical facilities located throughout the Tri-State area. The materials are available below.

Compliance Assistance Workshop

EPA Regions 3, 4 and 5 in partnership with the Huntington District Waterways Association sponsored a free, one-day environmental compliance assistance workshop for the Port of Huntington manufacturing facilities in April 2010.  The workshop provided information and resources needed to comply with federal environmental regulations, as well as highlighting waste reduction opportunities that save money, reduce waste disposed, and help a facility go beyond compliance.

To view the workshop's agenda, where a copy of the presentations (without voice) can be found, please visit http://www.epa.gov/region4/ead/news/agenda_huntington_wva.pdf

Compliance Assistance Contacts

Makeba Morris
EPA Region 3
E-Mail: morris.makeba@epa.gov
Phone: 215-814-2187

Wesley Hardegree
EPA Region 4
Email: hardegree.wes@epa.gov
Phone:  (404) 562-9629

Laila Hudda
EPA Region 4
E-Mail: hudda.laila@epa.gov
Phone: 404-562-9007

Donna Howard
EPA Region 5
E-Mail: howard.donna@epa.gov
Phone: 312-886-6739

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Environmental Justice/Community Involvement Strategy

Environmental Justice (EJ) 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.  EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this nation.  It 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.

The EJ goals and objectives of the Initiative are to:

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Public Outreach

Local Community Resources

To receive periodic updates on the Initiative, please email Matthew Lee and request to be added to the mailing list.

EJ/Community Involvement Contact:
Matthew Lee
EPA Region 3
E-Mail: Lee.matthew@epa.gov
(215) 814-2917

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Partnerships for Community Health Priority
DC Project

Partnerships for Community Health (PCH) is a 2-year geographically based pilot to assess environmental issues in the District of Columbia. Region 3’s DC Team, which will carry out the project, advocates a holistic approach to assist communities that are at risk due to many cumulative environmental problems and a legacy of environmental injustices and inequities. It focuses on comprehensive strategies that address environmental concerns in stressed communities. It will result in stakeholder-driven, data-supported solutions to environmental/public health problems.
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Project Objectives

Project Partners List - PDF [8pp, 73k]

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Overall Strategy
To improve the ability of District of Columbia residents to manage human health impacts resulting from local environmental stressors.

Compliance Assistance Strategy
The goal of this strategy is to increase understanding of environmental requirements, improve environmental management practices and reduce pollution as a result of direct assistance to regulated entities. It includes helping facilities understand their obligation to comply with federal environmental regulations.  These efforts will be directed toward facilities in the following sectors:

Environmental Workshop Strategy
Workshops will deliver education and training to community members on creating trigger-free indoor environments. The three to four workshops will use the Healthy Homes framework (and CDC's Healthy Homes) to focus on the children’s health aspect of asthma, lead poisoning, and pesticide exposure; the methods to reduce access to the contaminants causing these health issues; and specific strategies to lower the impact of these problems.

DC School Assessment Strategy
The school assessment activity will use EPA and DC Dept. of the Environment (DOE) expertise and tools to assist DC schools with protecting children’s health, increasing facility efficiencies, managing outdoor infrastructure, and promoting environmental behaviors and education. EPA will work with DC DOE’s RiverSmart Schools process and the SEED School of DC to develop a successful pilot example for holistically assessing and implementing environmental features in schools throughout the District.

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Project Contact:
Jonathan D. Essoka, Ph.D.
Team Leader
EPA Region 3
(215) 814-5774

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