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February 2014 Newsletter

US EPA in the Pacific Southwest

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

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