Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Twenty Years of Environmental Justice
February 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations." Environmental Justice (EJ) grants have played a major role in EPA’s work in the Pacific Southwest region, including addressing indoor air pollution issues in Honolulu, working to reduce diesel emissions in the San Joaquin Valley, and providing community health and environmental training to youth in Oakland, Calif. EPA is also looking forward with Plan EJ 2014, a roadmap to better integrate EJ into the agency’s programs, policies and activities.
- Administrator McCarthy's Environmental Justice Video Message
- Grant Success Stories in the Pacific Southwest
- Plan EJ 2014
- Celebrating 20 Years of Making a Visible Difference in Communities
Your Toxics Release Inventory Data
The annual TRI report provides the public with critical information about their communities. The TRI Program collects data on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water and land, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities by facilities across the country. The 2012 data show that 3.63 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were disposed or otherwise released into the environment.
- Maui Now: EPA Reveals 2012 Toxic Release Inventory for Hawaiʻi
- San Diego KPBS: Toxic Releases Inventory Finds Pollution In San Diego Trending Up
- TRI in the Pacific Southwest
- 2012 National Analysis
Success at Big Sandy Rancheria
The tribal community at Big Sandy Rancheria has developed a sustainable solid waste management plan that incorporates recycling, reuse, composting and other innovations to provide environmental and economic benefits to the tribe for many years to come.
A Superfund Site Is Ready for Reuse
EPA has removed nearly 2,000 acres of the El Toro site from the Superfund cleanup list, allowing for the creation of green space and sports facilities that will benefit the residents of Orange County, Calif. EPA determined that 112 locations at this former military base were thoroughly investigated and cleanup actions were taken to protect human health and the environment.
- Orange County Register: Area's Removal from Superfund Site Clears Way for Great Park Homes
Protecting Drinking Water in Rialto, Calif.
EPA has concluded a decade of litigation that secured agreements from several parties contributing cash or work for the soil and groundwater cleanup at the Rialto site formerly known as the B.F. Goodrich Superfund site. This final settlement will provide additional funds needed to protect a valuable source of drinking water in Southern California.
- The Press Enterprise: $11 million Settlement Reached in Water Contamination Suit
- Case Summary Settlement Agreements
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