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Final EJ Policy
USEPA Environmental Justice Website
RIDEM Customer Brochure: Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Can Help You- English and Spanish
Site Remediation and Brownfields Program Fact Sheet- English and Spanish
October 18, 2007 EJ Presentation at DEM Roundtable Meeting
Lincoln Lace & Braid Documents
Environmental Equity in the Clean Up and Reuse of
Contaminated Properties in Rhode Island
Over the past few years, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has worked to develop and implement several measures to ensure consistent and fair consideration of community issues and concerns related to our environment in many programs and areas.
Environmental equity is very important when sites are discovered that have been impacted by spills and releases of toxic materials. The Rhode Island Industrial Property Remediation and Reuse Act, which is one of the major laws governing the clean up of contaminated sites, requires DEM to consider the effects of clean ups on communities around the sites and specifically requires that DEM consider the issues of environmental equity for low income and racial minority populations when regulating these clean up actions. While DEM has taken many steps to meet these goals and mandates, the Department needs to continue to improve the process.
Toward that goal, the Department is convening a stakeholder workgroup to provide direction in the development of new or improved DEM policies, procedures, regulations, and, potentially, legislative initiatives to meet our legal and policy goals. The issues to be addressed by the group will include, at a minimum: 1) methods for insuring proper notice to abutting property owners and tenants; 2) processes and procedures for the public to petition DEM to assert jurisdiction over contaminated sites when DEM has information to suspect a possibility of release or contamination; 3) issues to consider and methods and standards to employ to ensure fair and consistent consideration of environmental equity issues when reviewing clean-up plans for contaminated sites; 4) development and implementation of a community involvement process during the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites; and 5) establishment of paper and/or electronic document repositories in impacted communities.
During the summer of 2006, DEM sought nominations or letters indicating interest in participating in the workgroup. A stakeholder group of 8-12 people has been formed from the nominations and letters of interest received.
We expect that the effort will involve in-depth monthly meetings over the next six months to discuss this topic. Information and documents (e.g. meeting notices, minutes) on the status of the stakeholder process will be posted on this website throughout the next six to eight months.
Questions about the stakeholder workshops can be directed to Elizabeth Stone at RI DEM at 222-4700, ext. 2422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mapping Environmental Justice Zones in Rhode Island: Please visit the DEM Maps Page and follow the link to the ‘Environmental Resource Map’ about a 1/3 of the way down the page. Click on the ‘Regulatory Overlay’ folder and then activate the ‘Environmental Justice Zone’ layer. Click on ‘Refresh Map’ and RI’s environmental justice zones will appear in purple. You can also view a static map of the EJ areas here.
May 2008 Presentations on Emerging Issues in Brownfields in RI from Grow Smart RI’s Power of Place Summit:
Brownfields, Turning Bad Places into Good Spaces describes how citizen's can participate in the restoration of brownfield sites in their neighborhood. The document is available in English and Spanish.