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EPA Awards $100,000 Environmental Justice Grant to St. Louis Group


The Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) in St. Louis, Mo., is one of 10 community-based organizations across the country awarded $100,000 for projects that address local environmental and public health issues using a collaborative problem-solving approach.

Each organization will receive $100,000 over three years under the EPA Office of Environmental Justice’s Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program. To accomplish the goals of these projects, the recipients will form partnerships with other affected community and grassroots organizations, local governments, health care providers, industry, and academia. Established in 2003, this program provides financial assistance to eligible, affected local community-based organizations.

The project goal of ARCHS is to focus on reducing toxic exposure of residents in their homes and businesses located in the affected community. The community will include the following neighborhoods: Walnut Park East, Walnut Park West, Mark Twain, Riverview, O’Fallon, Penrose, Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial, Baden and North Pointe neighborhoods.

The organization will achieve its goal by: (1) creating a public/private partnership led by the city of St. Louis to begin a regular pickup service for household hazardous waste; (2) educating residents on the use of less toxic alternatives and the proper handling and disposal techniques for household hazardous waste; and (3) working with businesses to adopt pollution prevention mechanisms. In a practical sense, the community will become aware of current, relevant environmental issues that affect the daily lives of its citizens.

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.


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