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EPA Announces Environmental Justice Revitalization Projects

Release Date: 05/02/2003
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CONTACT: John Millett, 202-564-7842 /

(05/02/03) To promote environmental justice and community revitalization, EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, in collaboration with the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (IWG), announced the selection of 15 Environmental Justice Revitalization Projects for 2003. The projects emphasize collaboration among two or more federal agencies, state and local governments, tribal governments, community-based organizations, academia, non-governmental organizations, and industry.

“These projects are living examples of how communities, government, and the private sector are working together to secure environmental justice and revitalize communities. Local partnerships are essential to addressing community concerns through constructive and collaborative problem-solving,” said Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance J. P. Suarez.

Many of these projects will involve the revitalization of idle or remediated land to benefit the community. “These Environmental Justice Revitalization projects are excellent opportunities to build the bridge between meaningful community involvement, environmental cleanup and sustainable reuse. These projects represent community needs being addressed in a holistic and collaborative way and reaches the overall end goals of an environmentally healthy community, revitalized to address community needs,” said Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Marianne Horinko.

The IWG has selected the following 15 demonstration projects:
  • Chelsea Creek Restoration Project, Chelsea and East Boston, Mass.;
  • Revitalization of the Magic Marker Brownfields Site, Trenton, N.J.;
  • Empowering Communities to Secure Drinking Water in Rural Puerto Rico;
  • Utilizing Compliance Assistance to Achieve Community Revitalization in Park Heights, Baltimore, Md.;
  • Vision 2020: For the Children of Anniston-Children’s Health Environmental Justice Project, Anniston, Ala.;
  • Glades Area Environmental Justice Training Collaborative, Belle Glade, Fla.;
  • The Sustainable Redevelopment and Revitalization of Princeville, N.C.;
  • The Arcade-Westside Area Revitalization Project: A Community-Based Collaboration, Rock Hill, S.C.;
  • Waukegan Cleanup and Revitalization Plan, Waukegan, Ill.;
  • Project ReGeneration: Building Partnerships for Livability and Sustainability in the Greater Kelly Area, San Antonio, Texas;
  • Development of a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Park: A Tribal Lands Conservation Partnership, Eagle Butte, S.D.;
  • Northeast Denver Environmental Initiative, Denver, Colo.;
  • Tribal Wind Power – A Viable Strategy for Community Revitalization and Capacity, Rosebud Indian Reservation, S.D.;
  • Effective Solid Waste Management for the Native Village of Selawik, Alaska; and
  • Enhancing Tribal Consultation to Protect Cultural and Historic Resources, Colo., La., and N.M.

Under Executive Order 12898, EPA convened the IWG, which is comprised of representatives from 11 federal agencies and several White House offices. For more information visit