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30 Communities Receive Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreements

Release Date: 06/07/2004
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Contact: Enesta Jones, 202-564-7873/

(Washington, D.C. - June 7, 2004) This week EPA is awarding cooperative agreements to 30 community-based organizations across the country to launch projects that address local environmental and public health issues using a collaborative problem-solving approach.

The projects include residents and stakeholders of East Baltimore, Md., working together on urban redevelopment issues, and a group examining a New York community’s concerns about high levels of lead in drinking water and the safe use of pesticides in the community. Other projects focus on lead-based paint, recycling, toxic dust and improper solid waste disposal.

“These agreements are excellent examples of using a collaborative process to break down barriers among various stakeholders and to find solutions. These projects bring together communities and other stakeholders who understand that environmental justice issues and concerns can be best addressed through balanced, open and inclusive approaches at the local level,” said Barry E. Hill, Director of EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. “Collaborative approaches often result in greater satisfaction among all stakeholders and ensure better long-term stakeholder involvement in addressing the local environmental and/or public health issues.”

Each organization will receive $100,000 over three years under the Office of Environmental Justice’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program. To accomplish the goals of these projects, the recipients will form partnerships with other affected community and grassroots organizations, local governments, health care providers, industry, and academia. This program was established in 2003 to provide financial assistance to eligible, affected local community-based organizations.

More information about the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program and the 30 cooperative agreements is available at: