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West Oakland Air Toxics/Environmental Justice Pilot Project

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The project goal is to work with the community and other stakeholders to identify and implement reductions in air toxics in West Oakland. The community has identified specific needs in the following areas: (1) Red Star Yeast, (2) air monitoring, (3) community health assessment, (4) asthma center, (5) truck/diesel relief, (6) clean-up of a Superfund site, (7) indoor and school air quality and (8) transit and access issues.

The approach of the project is based on the following tasks:

Build on the community's ongoing work, which has identified key indicators and a comprehensive list of desired solutions.

Work with the community and other key stakeholders (the city, city council, Port of Oakland, the county) and state and local partner agencies to assess the problems, refine the issue list, identify solutions and facilitate their implementation.

Identify potential EPA points of access to these issues and solutions and integrate EPA's programs and available tools.

With $50,000 OTAQ funding and a $20,000 Environmental Justice small grant (both FY 03), EPA is supporting a community-managed study of diesel truck emissions associated with the Port of Oakland, and which will result in a list of mitigation measures which will be further developed with the involvement of stakeholders and other partner agencies.

Use partnerships with state and local agencies to enhance the working relationships between the agencies and local stakeholders. An additional $70,000 FY 03/04 (OAR) has been allocated for a next phase of diesel mitigation. The funding is being used to support a multi-stakeholder collaboration to assess and address all sources of diesel pollution impacting West Oakland.

The Environmental Indicators Project, which has advised and directed (with Pacific Institute) the first phase of the diesel project has also put forward a proposal for a partnership to update the first EIP report, address air, diesel and contaminated lands issues (brownfields and superfund) and further develop community capacity. Funding to support these efforts was obtained via OEJ's Collaborative Problem Solving program in March, 2004. Along with EPA's designation of the project has become multi-media in scope and strongly oriented towards collaborative problem solving.

Project Website: http://www.pacinst.org/reports/environmental_indicators.htm

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