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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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This section describes the results of the assessment, the stakeholders involved, and any future plans related to the assessment.

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1. As a result of this project, will further data be collected, monitoring be conducted, or additional problem identification studies undertaken? Will refinements be made to modeling or exposure and/or toxicity assumptions?


2. If the project is complete, what recommendations were made to reduce risk and/or emissions or otherwise mitigate the impacts of the problems identified as a result of this project?

A planned outcome for the project is a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)that would be incorporated into the Newark [Toxic Air] Pollution Prevention Improvement Plan (NPPIP). The MOA would be between business and community participants and Newark's Department of Neighborhood Services.

A a result of the project is that Newark Preschool Council administrators agreed, as part of the Plan, to put any air samplers rented in the near future into a classroom identified as having the largest number of asthmatic children in attendance.

3. If the project is complete, were reduction activity emissions or risk reductions calculated?    


3.a. Are reduction factors being developed?    


3.b. What are the expected reductions achieved by the individual activities?


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4. Will the results of this project contribute to regulatory development, enforcement actions, or voluntary actions?


5. Are future projects/efforts planned or refined as a result of this project?

The Plan has been implemented and is to continue beyond March 2004. It was used to justify the purchase of HEPA air cleaners for the asthmatic children in the community.

6. Are there any major uncertainties or cautions regarding the project process or findings?


7. Are there any lessons learned that would benefit other projects?

Used alternative dispute resolution as an innovative and practical solution in the development of the Plan for the East Ward Community.


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