More than 21,000 unexpected pollution releases by Texas companies have released over 400,000 tons of air pollution in Texas from 2016 to 2022.
Region 6 FY 2022 Accomplishments
Dr. Earthea Nance, Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for Region 6, visited with communities 29 times in FY2022, both in person and digitally, to build trust and identify subsequent actions. Region 6 was in charge of more than $546 million in funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Region 6 provided more than $105 million in BIL funds to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for water infrastructure projects, in addition to awards to other states. In the first round of financing for the Clean School Bus program, 47 school districts in Region 6 were chosen to receive more than $130 million in BIL rebate payments to acquire about 350 electric and low-emission school buses. Region 6 used EJ Screen to develop a regional map that identified more than 16,000 census block groups in R6 with possible EJ problems, accounting for more than 54% of all Region 6 census block groups. Region 6 also created a new air monitoring approach known as the Pollution Accountability Team, or PAT. The PAT concept involves mobile monitoring trucks moving near chosen facilities, a monitoring aircraft flying above the facilities, and qualified inspectors with handheld equipment entering the facilities as required to collect verifiable readings.
Black communities smothered 24/7 by toxic industries keep getting strung along, with no apology in sight.
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The revised version of the U.S. government's "disadvantaged communities" tool automatically considers more than 750 federally recognized tribal tracts disadvantaged.
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The protection of children from pesticide exposure varies from state to state in the US due to different laws and regulations.