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Superfund Web Site Now Available in Spanish

Superfund en Espa?ol

Contacts: Enesta Jones 202-564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov
Lina Younes 202-564-9924 / younes.lina@epa.gov
(9/26/05) In its ongoing effort to reach out to the Hispanic community across the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, EPA has now made its Web site on the Superfund Program available in Spanish. The new site offers Spanish speakers who may live near Superfund sites information on the environmental clean-up process of hazardous substances covered under the Superfund Program, and the diverse technologies frequently used at Superfund sites, such as pump and treat systems, soil vapor extraction and capping, among others.

Through this site, EPA is providing Hispanics with the necessary information and tools that will enable them to have a meaningful community participation during the Superfund cleanup process. "Superfund en Español will benefit the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems around Superfund areas by developing strong partnerships with Hispanic stakeholders," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson.

The Web site also has documents in Spanish related to Superfund's community involvement program; Spanish fact sheets on the cleanup process and methods; information on technical assistance grants; a bilingual glossary of common terms used in EPA's Superfund Program; and 105 questions and answers on many Superfund topics.

Over the past three years, the Agency has been producing more Spanish language materials to offer Spanish speakers throughout the country valuable information on the steps they can take in their home, at school, and in their community to improve their environmental health. As part of these efforts, the agency launched a new consolidated Spanish portal covering a wide variety of environmental issues on January 19, 2005. Other EPA program and regional offices have launched similar sites and developed outreach materials to be more responsive to the Hispanic community by providing useful environmental information in Spanish. These Web sites are integrated into EPA's Spanish portal.

As evidenced by the 2000 Census, Hispanics are the fastest growing minority population in the country. Because of this growth, coupled with the fact that several Superfund sites are close to Hispanic demographic centers, the Superfund Program office saw the need to provide Spanish languages resources for use by Hispanic communities living near Superfund sites.

For more information on Superfund en Español site, visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/spanish/index.htm

For more information on the Spanish portal, visit: http://www.epa.gov/espanol/

Release date: 09/26/2005

 

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