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Newark [Toxic Air] Pollution Prevention Improvement Plan


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This project will work towards voluntarily reducing industrial emissions in the East Ward of Newark, New Jersey. The organization Environmental Justice & Equity with Community-based Teamwork (EJECT) chooses to work in Newark because the affected community has large minority and low-income populations who are experiencing the highest cumulative pollution burdens and environmental respiratory health risks in New Jersey. EJECT plans to collect data about the top hazardous air toxins that are being released by facilities in the Newark area, as well as the cumulative pollution burdens experienced by the community. EJECT will partner with Environmental Occupational Safety & Services (EOSS)* who will utilize specialized environmental software, Lakes Environmental, to analyze data. Cumulative point source air releases/exposure data will be presented to facility representatives and community members in an easy-to-understand format at two environmental forums. Forum participants will then be asked to contribute to the development of a toxic air pollution prevention improvement plan for the East Ward. *During the project, EOSS was replaced by SVMC Consulting, Harper's Center, and LJ Communication Design developed and created environmental education materials.

This project seeks to enhance partnerships between government, facility and community members in Newark, and to develop innovative approaches to reducing pollution.

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2. What State and/or Region is the project located?

NJ

3. What is the specific location of the project?

Newark, NJ

4. What is the objective and scope of the project?

Collect air emissions data, analyze it for cumulative pollution burden using air dispersion modeling of the emissions, and develop an improved toxic air pollution prevention improvement plan.

5. What is driving the need for this project?

EJECT chooses to work in Newark because the affected community has large minority and low-income populations who are experiencing the highest cumulative pollution burdens and environmental respiratory health risks in New Jersey.

6. What is the geographic scale of the project?

Local

7. When did the project begin?


8. When did the project end?


9. What is the time period of the data being used in the project?


10. In general, how is this project designed?

Emission inventory for the most hazardous air pollutants, then dispersion modeling for cumulative exposure, then risk management through a pollution prevention improvement plan.

11. What does this project contribute to the risk knowledge base?


12. Who are the primary contacts for the project?

Marcia Seidner
Pollution Prevention Team
U.S. EPA Region 2 (DEPP-SPMM)
290 Broadway, 25th FL
New York, NY 10007-1866
(212) 637-3584
seidner.marcia@epa.gov

Rita Thornton, J.D., Executive Director
Environment Justice & Equity with Community-based Teamwork (EJECT).
P.O. Box 454
Atl. Highlands, NJ 07716-0454
(732) 872-1353 or (877) 903-5328

13. If there is a published report, who are the authors?


14. What is the report ID number of the project and/or the publication date?


15. What was the cost of the project?


16. How is the project being funded?

This project was funded under the FY'01 EJP2 grant program in a competitive, small grants program, administered by EPA.


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