July 22, 2015: Greenaction Launches Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force – and our new Bayview Hunters Point Point Pollution Complaint Website Now Online!
Check it out! www.bvhp-ivan.org
As most residents are not familiar with the myriad of government agencies that are responsible for remedying pollution problems, and as government is notorious for failing to promptly or properly respond to pollution, the website will be an invaluable tool to bring pollution concerns to the government agencies and hold them accountable to respond to community concerns.
The Bayview Hunters Point Task Force project was initiated by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice as a collaborative, multi-stakeholder, problem solving effort to reduce pollution, improve government and industry responses to community complaints, protect health, build trust and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, and promote community resiliency and involvement.
Residents will be able to bring pollution concerns to the attention of top government officials, including State Department of Toxic Substances Control Director Barbara Lee and California EPA Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs Arsenio Mataka who will attend. Representatives of USEPA, DTSC, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, San Francisco Department of the Environment, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Regional Water Board will attend and participate in the task force.
The Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Task Force is the newest member of the growing IVAN Network – “Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods” and the first in the northern half of the state. The IVAN Network began in the Imperial Valley and has now spread to Coachella, Wilmington, and Fresno, Kern and Kings Counties in the San Joaquin Valley.
“Our community has suffered too long from toxic and radioactive contamination, diesel and industrial pollution and government’s failure to protect our low-income people of color residents,” said Marie Harrison, Bayview Hunters Point resident and Greenaction’s IVAN Task Force coordinator. “We look forward to bringing the government agencies and residents together to solve pollution problems and protect the health of our community.”