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|Date:||1 Oct 2003 15:47:56 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Grant Will Help Explain Fort Ord Cleanup|
Grant Will Help Explain Fort Ord Cleanup
EPA money will be used to hire technical expert
By Sukhjit Purewal, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 1, 2003
The Fort Ord Environmental Justice Network is getting some help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better understand what's going on with the cleanup of Fort Ord.
The federal agency is giving the network $50,000 to hire a technical expert to explain the science behind the cleanup of Fort Ord, a federally designated Superfund site.
"How can we comment on this if we can't understand it?" the network's executive director, LeVonne Stone, said as she flipped through a thick binder detailing cleanup operations on Fort Ord.
Technical assistance grants are given to promote community involvement in cleanup decisions at Superfund sites, said Lisa Fasano with the EPA in San Francisco. Viola Cooper, a community involvement coordinator also with the San Francisco EPA office, said requests for technical assistance grants are closely scrutinized and payments are only made after the experts are hired.
Stone founded the justice network in 1995 with her husband, Donald, to ensure that people from all backgrounds had a voice in the cleanup of Fort Ord and to lobby on behalf of workers displaced by the closure of the military base.
Since then, the network has also taken on the causes of homelessness and affordable housing: "The total environment of the people," said Stone.
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