Surveys, Studies, Investigations and Special Purpose Activities Relating to Environmental Justice

The program's mission/objective is to provide funding in support of surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance programs as they relate to environmental and/or public health issues, with a particular emphasis on environmental justice.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008:
There are no funding priorities anticipated for FY 2008.

Funding Priority-Fiscal Year 2009.

Activities that support surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance for the award of grants and cooperative agreements that address environmental justice concerns.

EPA defines "environmental justice" as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies.

Meaningful involvement means that: (1) potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health; (2) the public's contribution can influence the regulatory agency's decision; (3) the concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision-making process; and (4) the decision-makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected.

Assistance agreements may be associated with air quality, acid deposition, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and/or pesticides.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

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.

Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

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.

Office - Region l Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont: Primary Contact: Kwabena Kyei-Aboagye (617) 918-1609,, USEPA Region 1 (RAA), One Congress Street - Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02203-0001; Secondary Contact: Sires Rivers (617) 918-1343,

Region 2 New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U. S. Virgin Islands: Primary Contact: Terry Wesley (212) 637-5027,, USEPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Secondary: Tasha Frazier (212) 637-3861,

Region 3 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia: Primary Contact: Reginald Harris (215) 814-2988,, USEPA Region 3 (3DA00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029.

Region 4 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee: Primary Contact: Elvie Barlow (404)562-9650,, USEPA Region 4 Main Office (404) 562-8407, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; Secondary: Ella Mclendon (404) 562- 8316,

Region 5 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin: Primary Contact: Margaret Millard (312) 353-1440,, USEPA Region 5 (DM7J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3507.

Region 6 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas: Primary Contact: Shirley Quinones (214) 665-2713,, USEPA Region 6, Fountain Place, 13th Floor, 1445 Ross Avenue (RA-D), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733; Secondary Contact: Nelda Perez (214) 665-2209,

Region 7 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska: Primary Contact: Althea Moses (913) 551-7649,, USEPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street (RGAD/ECO), Kansas City, KS 66101.

Region 8 Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming: Primary Contact: Nancy Reish (303) 312-6040,, USEPA Region 8 (8ENF-EJ), 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466; Secondary: Jean Belille (303) 312-6556

Region 9 Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam: Primary Contact: Karen Henry (415) 972-3844,, USEPA Region 9 CMD-1, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Region 10 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington: Primary Contact: Running Grass (206) 553-2899,, USEPA Region 10 (OMP-143), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.