Presentation on theme: "CUMULATIVE IMPACTS from the EJAC to the IRONBOUND COMMUNITY of Newark, NJ Ana I. Baptista, Ph.D. Ironbound Community Corp. Clean Air Council Hearing April."— Presentation transcript:
CUMULATIVE IMPACTS from the EJAC to the IRONBOUND COMMUNITY of Newark, NJ Ana I. Baptista, Ph.D. Ironbound Community Corp. Clean Air Council Hearing April 13, 2011
OVERVIEW EJAC Recommendations on Cumulative Impacts Ironbound CARE Cumulative Impacts Project Whats Needed to move to a Cumulative Impacts Policy at the State and Local levels
EJAC Cumulative Impacts Report EJAC Subcommittee on Cumulative Impacts – BIAS for ACTION STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING CUMULATIVE IMPACTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COMMUNITIES, March 2009 1.IDENTIFY VULNERABLE AND BURDENED COMMUNITIES 2.ADOPT REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS IN THESE HOT SPOT AREAS 3.REDUCE OR ELIMINATE EXISTING IMPACTS IN BURDENED OR VULNERABLE NEIGHBORHOODS 4.REDUCE AIR POLLUTION BURDEN IN THE STATE OVERALL 5.IMPROVE TECHNICAL TOOLS 6.EDUCATE & INVOLVE MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS 7.EMPOWER CITIZENS 8.EMPOWER UNION MEMBERS & WORKERS 9.RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROGRAMS OUTSIDE OF NJDEP
NJDEP Progress EJAC hosted public hearing New EO committed to exploring issue NJDEP developed a tool with environmental data Assigned a Governors Office – EJ liaison Commitment from DHSS to staff EJAC Support for Ironbound process
IRONBOUND CARE CUMULATIVE IMPACTS PROJECT US EPA grant - CARE https://sites.google.com/a/ironboundcc.org/ironboundcare/home 2 year process to gather information and make decisions about priority issues and action steps Privilege Bias for Action and a cumulative impacts approach
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ISSUE #1: Air pollution ISSUE #2: Unfair share of waste related facilities ISSUE #3: Brownfields – Contaminated land & groundwater ISSUE #4: Lack of trees, parks and recreational space ISSUE #5: Quality of life issues ISSUE #6: Indoor toxics and air pollution ISSUE #7: Workplace health & safety Vulnerability INDICATORS – public health issues, socio economic status, etc.
ISSUE #1: AIR POLLUTION: Hazardous Pollutants and Sensitive Areas
ISSUE #2: UNFAIR SHARE OF WASTE-RELATED FACILITIES Waste-Related Facilities by Category
ISSUE #3: BROWNFIELDS: Contaminated Sites and Population Density
ISSUE #4: LACK OF TREES, PARKS & RECREATIONAL SPACE Tree Canopy Cover
Next Steps - Recommendations Move ahead with finalizing cumulative impact tool at the state level and develop implementation policies for permitting and resource allocation Develop policy tools at the local level to promote cumulative impacts approach in planning and zoning Implement action strategies that alleviate cumulative burdens – PM 2.5 standards, diesel retrofits, brownfields clean ups, greenspaces, etc.