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State & Federal Agencies Launch School Environmental Health Pilot Project in CA

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Today, January 16th, the EPA announced the launch of a new intergovernmental pilot project that will identify potential environmental health hazards facing students and staff at schools across Southern California.

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The program is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control along with support from federal, state, and local officials. Named the “Southern California—Clean, Green and Health Schools Partnership”, the program is a six-month pilot project centered on cultivating a climate of collaboration between stakeholders, teachers and parents. Using a collaborative framework that includes monthly meetings, technical assistance, and creating a good platform for fostering communication within both agencies and the community.

According to the EPA’s latest Press release, the project plans calls for a will be divided into two groups: The “Core Group” - responsible for furthering the goals of the partnership, and the “Stakeholder Group” - which presents projects and issues to be reviewed by the partnership. Both groups include representatives from agencies, school districts and the community. This combined agency and community partnership will initially begin as a six-month pilot project, to be further evaluated afterward and determine if it should continue.

The hoped for results of this program among all parties, is that the project will not only improve communication among schools, community members, and federal, state and local agencies on the matter of environmental health and safety, but will also help identify facilities with compliance issues and the detection of environmental health issues that could potentially affect students and employees at schools.

The first kick off meeting for the Southern California—Clean, Green and Health Schools Partnership will be held on January 28, 2014 by the U.S. EPA, DTSC, CalEPA

Date/ Time: January 28, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Where: U.S. EPA Southern California Field Office
600 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1460, Los Angeles, CA 90017

PLEASE RSVP: Space is limited. To RSVP, receive information about upcoming meetings, and/or obtain detailed information on the pilot partnership, please contact Romie Duarte at Duarte.romie@epa.gov.

For more information you can contact:
U.S. EPA
Nahal Mogharabi, 213-244-1815, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov

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