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Apr 20 2011

EPA Seeks Applicants for Environmental Justice Green Jobs Development Pilot Projects

(DALLAS – April 19, 2011) To support underserved populations, the EPA Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting applications for a $100,000 grant for projects that promote Green Job Training and Green Job Placement. An eligible applicant MUST BE:

  • an incorporated non-profit organization;
  • a Native American tribal government (Federally recognized); or
  • Intertribal Consortium or Consortia.

In addition, an eligible applicant must be located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located and able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community.

An underserved population, for the purposes of this Request for Application, is a community, including minority, low-income, or indigenous populations or communities, that is disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks and has a local environmental and public health issue that is identified in the proposal. Projects must be performed in one of the following Region 6 states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and/or Texas.

Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. Environmental justice issues often involve multiple sources of contamination, like pollution from several industrial facilities within one neighborhood, environmental hazards at the workplace or home, or contamination resulting from the consumption of fish or other subsistence foods.

Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2011. For more information, including eligibility requirements, purposes, goals, and general procedures, please visit

More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at

EPA audio file is available at


Apr 05 2011

2010 Environmental Justice Small Grants – An Overview

In 2010 ECOS, through the U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program (EPA TRI), focused its outreach efforts on assisting the Environmental Justice (EJ) community. ECOS raised awareness of EJ-TRI related issues through a small grants program. As such, ECOS awarded three grants under its current five-year TRI Cooperative Agreement with U.S. EPA. These grants supported EJ efforts as they relate to TRI, with particular emphasis on addressing local environmental issues in communities around the United States. Each of these three grantees presented their findings at the 2010 National Training Conference on the TRI and Environmental Conditions in Communities and their power point presentations are provided below, as well as some useful documents produced under their grants.

Literacy for Environmental JusticeLiteracy for Environmental Justice (LEJ)

- Literacy for Environmental Justice an environmental education and youth empowerment organization, was created to address the ecological and health concerns of communities of southeast San Francisco. LEJ’s Youth With A Plan program positions young people to take leadership roles in understanding and responding to the land use decisions of today. Under this grant this group learned how to access the TRI database and used this data to contribute to the public review process of the San Francisco Public Utility Commissions Sewer System Draft Master Plan. They also created a pamphlet specifically for communities unaware of TRI. The pamphlet describes the justification for the TRI database, how to access it, and walks users through a simple zip code search.

World Resources InstituteWorld Resources Institute (WRI) - World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think tank, identified key barriers to accessing information from TRI for individuals and groups within the EJ community. This effort was completed under WRI’s Access Initiative, which seeks to expand information availability, public participation, and access to justice in matters affecting the environment. As part of this grant, WRI developed policy goals for an integrated approach to better serving EJ communities. WRI’s findings and recommendations are highlighted in the latest edition of the ECOS Green Report.

Louisiana Bucket BrigadeLouisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) - Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) is an environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state's oil refineries, chemical plants and other industrial sites. In 2007 the organization began a program called the Refinery Efficiency Initiative. The program works with neighbors of the state’s 17 oil refineries. Under this grant, LABB incorporated information about TRI into this program. An important part of this project was their collaboration WRI. Staff member from WRI were on hand to observe its methods as they presented TRI data to community members. Their techniques and approaches to dissemination of this data were analyzed by WRI with a goal of developing a method for how people understand and use the data.


Mar 24 2011

EPA Proposes First National Standard for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

Mercury and air toxics standards represent one of strongest health protections from air pollution since passage of Clean Air Act

Release date: 03/16/2011

Contact Information: Enesta Jones,, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – In response to a court deadline, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants. The new power plant mercury and air toxics standards – which eliminate 20 years of uncertainty across industry – would require many power plants to install widely available, proven pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases, while preventing as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year. The new proposed standards would also provide particular health benefits for children, preventing 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and about 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children each year. The proposed standards would also avert more than 12,000 emergency room visits and hospital admissions and 850,000 fewer days of work missed due to illness.

Read the rest of the EPA News Release at the EPA web site.


Feb 22 2011

Request Facilities To Report Toxics Release Inventory Information Electronically or Complete Fill-and- Print Reporting Forms

Just in case you didn't notice in the January 14th Federal Register - the EPA's TRI division publish a notice encouraging facilities to submit their TRI forms electronically and alerts everyone of the availability of fill-and-print forms are now available through the TRI website at  Once at the Reporting Forms and Instructions page click on the link in the gray box at the bottom that is titled Reporting Forms and Instructions by Reporting Year to access the fill-and-print forms.

A copy of the Federal Register announcement is attached.


Feb 22 2011

AB 2588 Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Program

The Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Information and Assessment Act (AB 2588, 1987, Connelly) was enacted in 1987, and requires stationary sources to report the types and quantities of certain substances routinely released into the air. The goals of the Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Act are to collect emission data, to identify facilities having localized impacts, to ascertain health risks, to notify nearby residents of significant risks, and to reduce those significant risks to acceptable levels. A more general overview of the Act, including links to related legislation, is also available. Some of the "Hot Spots" emissions data is located on the CHAPIS maps.

You can view the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board's web based tool for checking emissions at


Mar 06 2009


MapEcos is a collaborative website designed to provide an evenhanded view of industrial environmental performance.


Mar 06 2009

Still Toxic After All These Years: Air Quality and Environmental Justice in the San Franciso Bay Area


Mar 06 2009

Toxic Air and America's Schools


Mar 06 2009



Mar 05 2009

TRI Perspectives: Trends in TRI Releases

Here is an example of an analysis that EPA developed a few years ago and used internally. We are now releasing the analysis to the public as a demonstration of the kinds of information that TRI data can provide. Please give us feedback on this analysis and let us know if you think this type of analysis is useful for understanding the impact of TRI.