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U.S. EPA’s Environmental Justice Resource Guide available to the public

Release Date: 06/24/2009
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244 1815

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2009
Contact: Francisco Arcaute

                              (213) 244-1815, cell (213) 798-1404
                              arcaute.francisco@epa.gov

U.S. EPA’s Environmental Justice Resource Guide available to the public
Guide lists success stories, funding sources, resources for community organizers

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Resource Guide, a handbook for community organizers and decision-makers, is now available from the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Environmental Justice Office.

“The EPA’s Environmental Justice Resource Guide provides information on funding sources and other resources that can help communities understand, prioritize, and address their specific environmental concerns, said Enrique Manzanilla, Director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division at EPA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office.

The Guide contains success stories achieved by communities disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens, such as the West Oakland Toxic Reduction Collaborative, which helped reduce port-related diesel pollutants, and the Torres Martinez Collaborative, which helped remove tons of refuse from tribal lands. These successes were achieved when community groups partnered with EPA, state, tribal and local agencies.

The Guide also lists a helpful list of funding sources, tools, and resources available to community organizers.

The EPA’s Environmental Justice Resource Guide is available online at:
http://epa.gov/region09/ej/ .

To request a hard copy, please contact Sharon Murray at murray.sharon@epa.gov, (415) 947-4250.

For more information on the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/region09/ej/

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