Friday, June 15, 2007

EPA Releases Success Story Documentary EJ Film

EPA premiered a documentary film on June 14 that tells the real-life story of a contaminated, low-income and minority area in Spartanburg, SC that is being transformed into a livable and vibrant community. The film, "Environmental Justice: The Power of Partnerships," was shown at the Twitchell Auditorium in Spartanburg. ReGenesis Environmental Justice Partnership, a local Spartanburg non profit organization, started the project with a $20,000 grant from the EPA in 1999. Since that time, the partnership has worked with private and public organizations to leverage over $166 million in funding.

Since 1999, ReGenesis has worked with government and industry to cleanup the Arkwright municipal dumpsite, a former fertilizer plant, and six brownfield sites. They also demolished 184 old, substandard public housing units and built more than 500 new, single-family and multi-family units for rental and home ownership. Thanks to the hard work of the ReGenesis two Superfund sites and six Brownfield sites were transformed into areas where people can live, work, and play.

This film was produced to educate viewers about EPA's Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model, which helps communities work to solve local environmental and public health problems. The public can obtain free copies of the DVD by calling the National Service Center for Environmental Publications at 1-800-490-9198. In addition, the public can also order copies of EPA's booklet "EPA?sCollaborative Problem-Solving Model" (document #EPA-300-R-06-002), which can provide information for communities and other stakeholders on how to address their own environmental justice issues. (More on film)

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