Examples of funded projects include: (1) A project to form collaborative partnerships with impacted and traditionally excluded community residents, organizations, regulatory agencies, and academic institutions to identify, prioritize, and develop plans to address environmental problems and perceived health impacts resulting from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
The grantee will include residents on an Environmental Justice Steering Committee to ensure meaningful community involvement in the development and implementation of environmental laws, regulations, and policies related to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
(2) A project to educate the public, particularly economically-disadvantaged households, affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by providing them hands-on-training related to energy conservation and health benefits for the citizens directly impacted by the local environmental and/or public health issues stemming from the hurricanes.
(3) A project designed to protect the health of those who are are doing the physical labor of gutting the flood damaged houses in the greater New Orleans area after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The project will interrupt the pathways of exposure to mold and other hazardous substances found in the homes and buildings which are being reclaimed by providing workers with protective gear and education materials.
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.