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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

April 2012 Newsletter

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Lisa Jackson's Earth Week Visit With Students

Lisa Jackson at a Los Angeles  School
During Earth Week, Lisa Jackson visited southern California and met with students conducting marine sampling at the Port of Los Angeles. She also presented high school students with the President's Environmental Youth Award for their work on the issue of large container ships killing whales in the Santa Barbara channel.

Engaging on the Environment

Blogs, online contests, campaigns, and photography projects are all venues for individuals, communities, and organizations to share stories and express environmental concerns and successes. They are an important part of EPA's commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism.

Cleanup in Compton

tank removal

A $1.3 million dollar pilot project aimed at assessing 29 abandoned sites along the I-170 was initiated with the removal of three underground tanks, which held fuel, at an old gas station in Compton, Calif. EPA and the state water boards will assess the level of environmental cleanup required to make these sites available for reuse.

Partnership with Arizona State University

EPA and ASU signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on increasing outreach to diverse and underserved communities by offering internships, joint projects, and scientific research opportunities to ASU students and faculty.

Support for San Francisco

EPA funding will help the city determine how to integrate community-sized infrastructure systems into the urban development process, how to identify sites suited for hosting energy-generating facilities, and how to create supportive partnerships, financing, and policies.

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