CalEPA/OEHHA release the nation's first comprehensive screening methodology
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.