Seven environmental and public interest organizations sent a joint letter on February 28 to Dr. Earthea Nance, Regional Administrator for Region 6 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) identifying what they consider to be “significant environmental justice issues that exist in the backyard of EPA Region 6 Headquarters” (referring to North Texas).
The seven organizations include:
- Lane Plating Community Advisory Group
- Rise of the southern sector
- Clean the garland
- Member of the Sierra Club
- Downwind at risk
- Midlothian Breath
- Liveable Arlington
EPA Region 6 includes the following states:
- New Mexico
Issues identified in the February 28 letter to Dr. Nance include:
- Determine environmental and public health risks at the Lane Plating Superfund site;
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment at the former Shingle Mountain site in Dallas;
- Convene a task force to address unregulated and unauthorized pollution sites in and around Garland;
- Require area polluters to comply with the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone pollution;
- Require Vista’s Martin Lake Power Plant, the nation’s worst sulfur dioxide polluter, to install modern pollution controls in accordance with the Clean Air Act;
- Evaluate how the Clean Air Act can be used to enforce neighborhood pollution controls;
- Focus on community health in Midlothian, the “Cement Capitol of Texas”; and
- Protect children from fracking and methane pollution in communities across Texas.
The Organizations request that these issues be prioritized and their views on potential solutions are presented in an attached document.
A copy of the February 28 letter can be downloaded here.