Introduction to myRTK, My Environment, and ECHO TRI Data Tools

Monday, March 10, 2014

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central

The Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DU/DSCEJ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) hosted the data tools Spring 2014 webinar. This webinar helped guide individuals through the data tools myRTK, My Environment, and ECHOS, to geographically view industrial facilities releasing toxic chemicals near their home, work and schools, access data on air and water quality and help users find permit, inspection, violation, enforcement action and penalty information in their communities.

Presenters:

Sandra Gaona – myRTK Data Tool
Sandra supports data access and analysis for the Toxics Release Inventory program. Sandra received her bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton in International Business and her master's degree from George Washington University in Environmental Engineering Management. Sandra has 12 years of experience working at the federal, state, local level on environmental information reporting and management, air quality permitting, and sustainable development.

Kim Balassiano – My Environment
Kim has been with the USEPA since 2007 and supports public access tool development for the Office of Environmental Information. Kim received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Foreign Service and has her Geography Masters degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has worked as a GIS analyst and geospatial project manager for industry and the government for nearly 20 years.

Rebecca Kane – ECHO Data Tool
Rebecca Kane is a program analyst who has worked at EPA since October 2000. She's spent most of her time in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance working on the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website and other web products.

Below are links to additional webinar resources:

 

Webinar Video

 

Webinar Presentations (pdf)

myRTK Presentation

ECHO Presentation 03/06/2014

Agenda

  • Overview and Introductions
  • Access TRI data by using myRight-to-Know (myRTK) – Sandra Gaona, US EPA
  • Q&A Session
  • Using EPA's EJView and MyEnvironment Tools to Identify Potential EJ or Other Environmental Community Concerns– Kim Balassiano, US EPA
  • Q&A Session
  • Public Access to EPA Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Data – Rebecca Kane, US EPA
  • Q & A Session
  • TRI Contacts and Resources
  • Wrap up

Resources

  • Call EPA’s TRI Information Center:
  • 1-800-424-9346
  • Select option 3 for TRI
  • Visit the TRI program’s website: www.epa.gov/tri/communities
  • Contact the TRI Help Desk by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Webinar hosted by Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and US Environmental Protection Agency

Introduction to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for Environmental Justice Communities

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central

The Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DU/DSCEJ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) hosted the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Fall Webinar on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm central. The purpose of the webinar “Introduction to the Toxics Release Inventory for Communities (TRI Basics #1),” was to provide an introduction to TRI for grassroots community groups, environmental justice organizations and others who serve communities exposed to pollution.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase use and understanding of the Toxics Release Inventory among environmental justice communities and other stakeholders.
  • Lean basic information about TRI including why it was created and how communities can benefit from using TRI.
  • Learn how TRI Was used in the early development of the Environmental Justice movement to lay the scientific basis for protection of communities living in close proximity to toxic facilities.

Presenters:

Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, New Orleans, LA. Dr. Wright, environmental justice scholar, advocate, author, civic leader and professor of Sociology, is the founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Center is a community/university partnership that addresses environmental and health inequities along the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and the Gulf Coast Region. The Center provides education, training and job placement for underserved populations in environmental justice communities within the United States. Dr. Wright has won several awards for her work including the prestigious Heinz Award and is the accomplished author of numerous scholarly books and articles. She continues to serve as a strong voice in environmental justice communities.


Shelley Fudge, US EPA Office of Environmental Information

  • EPA’s lead for the TRI Community Engagement Initiative, including oversight of TRI community engagement pilot projects in four diverse environmental justice communities across the US.
  • 23 years of experience with EPA covering various issues, including TRI pollution prevention, environmental justice, community-based ecosystem protection, aquatic habitat protection, climate change/energy efficiency, animal feeding operations, and underground storage tanks.
  • 30 years of experience in volunteer community grassroots organizing.

Below are links to additional webinar resources:

Webinar Video

Webinar Presentations (pdf)

USEPA Intro to TRI for Communities- Shelley Fudge, EPA

The Impact of TRI Usage in the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor- Dr. Beverly Wright, Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Agenda

  • Overview and Introductions
  • Introduction to TRI – Shelley Fudge, US EPA
  • Q&A Session
  • The Impact of TRI Data Usage in the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor – Dr. Beverly Wright, DSCEJ
  • Q&A Session
  • TRI Contacts and Resources
  • Wrap up

Resources

  • Contact your EPA Regional TRI Coordinator
  • Call EPA’s TRI Information Center:
  • 1-800-424-9346
  • Select option 3 for TRI
  • Visit the TRI program’s website: www.epa.gov/tri/communities
  • Contact the TRI Help Desk by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Webinar hosted by Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and US Environmental Protection Agency

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