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Environmental Justice Advisory Group

Environmental Justice Strategy

The District Governing Board adopted the Environmental Justice Strategy on Aug. 16, 2007 and amended it on Feb. 18, 2010 and again on June 21, 2012. This comprehensive policy serves as a roadmap which will guide the District in integrating Environmental Justice principles and augmenting the steps already taken by the District in reaching out to the community.

The amended Environmental Justice Strategy is available in English and Spanish.

On Feb. 18, 2010, the District Governing Board adopted the Environmental Justice Advisory Group Bylaws. The bylaws require that EJAG establish goals and objectives, and an action plan with which to achieve those goals and objectives for each calendar year.

The EJAG will work to collaboratively educate the public and community stakeholders about current District activities and air quality in general, and will review overarching District programs and strategies to provide feedback.

For additional information on the policy, please contact Maricela Velasquez at (559) 230-5849.

Environmental Justice Advisory Group

EJAG Information

The Valley Air District holds regular meetings of the Environmental Justice Advisory Group (EJAG). These meetings are an opportunity for community leaders or interested individuals to learn about upcoming District rules, programs and issues coming before the District's Governing Board. These meetings are to encourage grass roots participation in District activities and outreach, and to ensure that all of the populations of the Valley are enfranchised in all aspects of the Districtís mission.

The EJAG consists of 13 members. All members must be residents of the San Joaquin Valley. Eight of these members are at-large county representatives. Two are ethnic, small-business owners. Three of these members are CAC members, one representing each of the three CAC interest groups. Members of the EJAG are deemed volunteers and are not entitled to any compensation from the District.

EJAG meetings are held at the Central Region Office, VTC Room, 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave., Fresno. To encourage public participation, the EJAG meetings are held via the Districtís video teleconferencing system and can be attended in the Central Region Office (Fresno), the Northern Region Office (4800 Enterprise Way, Modesto), or the Southern Region Office (34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield).

All correspondence and telephone calls for the EJAG should be directed to the Districtís Clerk to the Boards, at 1990 E. Gettysburg Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726, (559) 230-6000 or web-boardmail@valleyair.org

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EJAG Roster

San Joaquin County:
Esperanza Vielma (Chair)
CEO of Community Assistance for Empowerment (C.A.F.E. Inc.)
At-large Representative

Stanislaus County:
Thomas Helme
Social & Environmental Justice Advocate for Valley Improvement Projects (VIP)
At-large Representative

Merced County:
Vacant

Madera County:
Vacant

Fresno County:
Dr. Gennean Bolen
Professor
At-large Representative

Kings County:
Maricela Mares-Alatorre
Community Organizer
At-large Representative

Kern County:
Robert Smith
Civil Engineer
At-large Representative

Tulare County:
Derek Williams (Vice Chair)
Farmer / Realtor
At-large Representative

CAC Representatives:
Primary: Kevin Hamilton
Alternate: Vacant
Citizens Advisory Committee
Environmental Representative

Primary: Dustin Ference
Alternate: Vacant
Citizens Advisory Committee
Industry / Agricultural Representative

Primary: Jack Lemen
Alternate: Vacant
Citizens Advisory Committee
City Representative

Ethnic Small Business Owners:
Marvin Dean, Kern County
San Joaquin Valley Construction Management Group, LLC

LeRoy Candler

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Grant Funding Environmental Justice Map

The Valley Air District follows environmental justice principles as part of the grant funding process. Areas in the Valley selected for environmental justice consideration are identified on the map below.


View Larger Map

The EJ map can be downloaded as a kmz file to be explored in further detail with an external geographical data viewer. Google Earth is a popular, free, stand- alone application for viewing geographical data. It is available from Google at: http://earth.google.com/.

Facility Criteria and Toxic Emissions Inventory Data

ARB compiles emission inventory data from the individual air pollution control districts and air quality management districts. These data are available for individual facilities at http://www.arb.ca.gov/app/emsinv/facinfo/facinfo.php. This search page permits access to both criteria and toxic emissions data. (Criteria pollutants include particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, volatile organic compounds, and lead.) Toxic emissions data are available for those facilities that are subject to AB 2588.

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