Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Office of Environmental
Justice National Hotline
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“The quality of your environment cannot be dependent on the color of your skin, the size of your bank account, whether you were born on tribal lands... Environmental justice cannot be an afterthought -- it must be central to how we think and what we do so that we can offer meaningful assistance to communities that have been left behind.”
Minority and low-income communities are often disproportionately exposed to pollution. EPA Region 9 supports programs and projects to help address these adverse and disproportionate effects. On this Web site, you will find examples of the ways communities have used EPA funding to increase their capacity to improve their local environment. We have also provided a list of tools and resources that may be useful to EJ organizations and residents. You may also want to join our listserve to receive occasional announcements about funding opportunities, conferences, or environmental justice news.
Plan EJ 2014 Progress Report Now Available
Plan EJ 2014 is EPA's roadmap for integrating environmental justice into the Agency's programs, policies, and activities. EPA recently released the Plan EJ 2014 Progress Report (PDF) (86 pp, 4.0M, About PDF), which reviews the Agency's progress toward meeting the commitments outlined in Plan EJ 2014.
Environmental Justice Showcase Community
The Los Angeles Environmental Enforcement Collaborative is Region 9's Environmental Justice Showcase Community. The densely populated communities closest to the I-710 freeway in Los Angeles County are severely impacted by pollution from goods movement and industrial activity. In a multiyear effort, a unique collaboration of federal, state, and local governments and nonprofit organizations will work together to improve the environmental and public health conditions for residents along this corridor.
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