KETTLEMAN CITY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT ON SEPTEMBER 18TH!
El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpia/People for Clean Air and Water of
Kettleman City and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
issue this urgent call to action and request for solidarity asking
everyone who cares about environmental justice and opposes environmental
racism, and who is able, to come to Kettleman City for the upcoming
state Department of Toxic Substances Control public hearing on the
proposed expansion of the violation-plagued Chemical Waste Management
hazardous waste landfill.
As you know, DTSC has issued the draft permit to expand this toxic dump
in the town where the state promised to reduce pollution but instead
wants to dramatically increase pollution. We expect the hearing at 6:30
on September 18th to be packed with industry supporters and Waste
Management employees, and Kettleman City residents fighting the dump
expansion need allies there to stand with them in solidarity. Kettleman
City is one of the birth places of our environmental justice movement,
and the fight against the proposed dump expansion is one of the epic ej
struggles of our time. The hearing will be at the Kettleman City School.
Thanks, Maricela Mares Alatorre, El Pueblo/People for Clean Air and
Water of Kettleman City
Bradley Angel, Greenaction
The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announce the availability of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, Version 1 (CalEnviroScreen 1.0). This tool presents the nation's first comprehensive screening methodology to identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution and presents the statewide results of the analysis using the screening tool. A report describing the methodology and results along with an online mapping application are available.
OEHHA and Cal/EPA released two public review drafts of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool on July 30, 2012, andJanuary 3, 2013. Public comments on the draft reports were received at a series of regional and stakeholder-specific workshops held throughout the state, an Academic Expert Panel workshop, at two meetings of the Cumulative Impacts and Precautionary Approaches Work Group, and in written comments from the public. A summary of major comments and responses received during this period are below.
Input received on the previous two drafts of this report was valuable and is reflected in changes to version 1.0 of CalEnviroScreen. OEHHA has also provided a supporting analysis, or sensitivity analysis, of the January 2013 CalEnviroScreen data and results, which has informed version 1.0 of CalEnviroScreen.
Dr.Henry Clark (Steering Committee member of BAEHC) and Rosina Roibal (Program Coordinator of BAEHC) attended The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) conference on Environmental Health this past May of 2011, which took place in Los Angeles. Organizations who were invited were past or current grantees. BAEHC is a current grantee of TCWF.
Here is what we have to say about the conference, as well as other BAEHC members who attended the conference, representing their individual organizations:
Dr.Henry Clark said "The highlight for me was learning about renewable energy resources for communities. I think PG&E could start doing this in Bay View Hunters Point and in Richmond. PG&E has a big place in Richmond, and should make their own facilities energy efficient."
Rosina Roibal thinks that "For me, this was a great opportunity to build relationships with other people who are doing similar work in other cities and even our own region. I also got to hear some great speakers, where I learn so much about Health Impact Assessments, the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), and Building Environmental Health Collaborations across Cultural Differences. It's important to overlap BAEHC's current work with other kinds of work that is happening, and find ways to work together in a larger movement."
When Antonio Diaz (PODER representative and BAEHC steering committee member) was asked what he'll bring back from the conference, he answered "I liked hearing that land use is a tool to address Cumulative Impacts, as well as Green zones and ground truthing. I listened to Bill Gallegos from Communities for a Better Environment talk about green jobs being social and political issues to be addressed. I enjoyed outlining the problems and strategizing about building accountability, as well as having opportunities at the conference for networking with people around the state. We were able to make these abstract/policy wonky climate change discussions more real, grassroots, and common. It was great to talk about all of this here at the conference, and now we need to go do the work!"
Bradley Angel (Greenaction rep and BAEHC steering committee member) said that he liked that "BAEHC members got to network with our allies and activists from across the state, and it is good to see so many people really understanding and talking about the issue of cumulative impacts of pollution harming low income and communities of color."
After the conference Greenaction members and other conference participants had the opportunity of going upstairs in the hotel with signs about Waste Management's dumping in Kettleman City. We gave them a stir.
If you are interested in hearing more about the conference, looking at notes, materials, or the agenda, contact Rosina Roibal email@example.com.
BAEHC hires new Full Time Program Coordinator (April 2010)!
After a two month search with 41 applicants and 6+ interviews, the Steering Committee approved offering the position to lifelong community organizer Rosina Roibal, who accepted and began on April 12.
Rosina is from Albuquerque and has been active in environmental health and justice issues since she was a teenager fighting for safe drinking water in her school. (As a result of the campaign she worked on, her school was moved!) Since then, she has been involved with the Southwest Organizing Project, first as a youth organizer and later as SWOP's arts and culture organizer. Rosina went to Loyola University in New Orleans on a scholarship and became active in numerous campaigns involving notorious Cancer Alley, as well as other campaigns on campus. Rosina's advisor said she was easily the "best student and activist" he has worked with in more than 20 years there. In addition to her ongoing involvement as an EJ organizer, Rosina also worked for seven years as a music teacher in the NM public school system.