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August 03, 2014

Three-Day EPA Environmental Justice Training Workshop Kicks Off in Houston on August 6

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 will conduct an Environmental Justice Training Workshop in Houston on August 6-8 for local leaders in the Houston Metro region. The three-day workshop is co-sponsored by Houston-based Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service (T.E.J.A.S.) and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.

August 03, 2014

EPA to Hold August 5 Public Hearing on Refinery Emissions and Fenceline Communities

Because of growing concern about emissions from refineries and the potential health impact on nearby “fenceline” community residents, the EPA is holding a series of public hearings around the country. It will hold a hearing on Tuesday August 5 in Houston on the Proposed Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards.

July 22, 2014

Houston to Host Three Major Environmental Justice Events in August

Houston will be hosting three important environmental justice events during the first week of August. All of the meetings will address the disproportionate location of industrial polluting facilities and toxic dumping on low-income and people of color communities and the potential health effects. The Houston “petropolis” (with its no-zoning policy) provides a perfect case study for examining how environmental decision making over the years—with the absence of an equity and justice lens—placed low-wealth and people of color neighborhoods on the frontline of environmental assault and thus exposed them to elevated health risks. The Environmental Justice Movement has set a course to reverse and correct these past mistakes and prevent them from happening in the future.

January 01, 2014

State of the Environmental Justice Executive Order After 20 Years

What is the state of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations,” after two decades and three U.S. presidents? Environmental justice leaders in 2014 will commemorate the Executive Order and work on action plans to ensure its full implementation. 

April 13, 2013

TSU Signs Important Partnership MOU with EPA

(HOUSTON, April 12, 2013) On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6and Texas Southern University (TSU) entered into a significant agreement that will help train qualified professionals in environmental policy, economics, and several areas of science, business and technology. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  focuses on bringing innovative strategies to the forefront to

May 18, 2011

Six Months After “Call to Action” to EPA Region 4, EJ Groups Anxiously Wait for Status Report

It has now been six months since the historic November 10, 2010 meeting with Gwen Keyes Fleming, the first African American to head EPA Region 4 (which includes eight southern states, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and 6 Tribal Nations), where more than three dozen environmental justice, civil rights, faith,