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Re: E-M:/ HUD E-Maps -- find out about your community's enviro issues

Enviro-Mich message from Geoffrey Habron <habrong@msu.edu>

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At 05:20 PM 9/25/2000 -0700, anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
>      I have no idea whether this works easily, but it seems like a terrific
>      idea!  Anne Woiwode
>U.S Housing & Urban Development Office UNVEILS new
>  September 18, 2000
>WASHINGTON - Saying that informed decisions are
>the best decisions, Housing and Urban Development
>Secretary Andrew Cuomo today unveiled a new
>application on HUD's website that will help people
>learn about environmental matters that affect
>their communities throughout the U.S.
>Need to know if the Environmental Protection
>Agency is monitoring a site near a home you want
>to buy? Or what federal resources can be marshaled
>to redevelop an abandoned factory or to protect a
>wetland in your town? Or want to know if there are
>any environmental hazards that your child walks by
>on the way to school?
>Thanks to HUD E-MAPS, which was created by
>marrying HUD's Community 2020TM software to EPA
>databases, the answers to these and thousands of
>other questions are now just a few mouse clicks
>The web address is www.hud.gov/emaps
>Through HUD E-MAPS we're providing people with
>detailed, site-specific information about what the
>government is doing to protect the environment or
>promote community and economic development, Cuomo
>said. Residents, advocacy organizations, local
>governments and others will now have easy access
>to data they need to have informed conversations
>and to make smart decisions about the future of
>their communities.
>Joining Cuomo at today's launch were environmental
>activist and model Christie Brinkley; Denis Hayes,
>organizer of Earth Day and President of the
>Bullitt Foundation; and Greg Wetstone, director of
>programs, National Resources Defense Council.
>Denis Hayes said: Parents everywhere wonder
>whether their children's drinking water is
>polluted, and few of us know what's buried in our
>backyards. HUD E-MAPS will bring such information
>to everyone - including those in the nation's
>poorest neighborhoods. Information is power, and
>HUD E-MAPS is designed to give new power to people
>who cannot afford high-priced lawyers to protect
>their children from environmental assaults.
>Greg Wetstone said: HUD E-MAPS has the potential
>to be a real asset to the environmental community
>and citizens around the country who are concerned
>about what's happening environmentally in their
>neighborhoods. We're delighted that Secretary
>Cuomo and HUD are launching this initiative and we
>welcome it.
>Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club
>said: "The information contained on HUD E-MAPS
>will help communities plan smarter and healthier
>neighborhoods. Families have the right to know
>about the quality of their environment. By
>providing valuable environmental information mixed
>with housing information and population data, you
>have effectively set up a "one-stop-shopping" site
>for decision-makers and citizens alike."
>By using HUD E-MAPS data, Cuomo explained,
>communities will be able to make knowledgeable
>decisions about sites for new local facilities,
>such as public and assisted housing, or help
>prioritize the demolition of existing complexes.
>Similarly, a community interested in redeveloping
>an abandoned or underused industrial site can use
>the data to determine whether the land is
>contaminated and what financial resources area
>available to leverage redevelopment.
>The backbone for the application launched today is
>HUD's Community 2020TMsoftware, a CD-ROM that
>provides users with more than 600 types of census
>data for geographic areas as big as a state or as
>small as a block. Developed initially in 1997 as
>an internal project management tool, the software
>has won an Innovations in Government Award from
>the Ford Foundation and Harvard University's
>Kennedy School of Government.
>The software provides detailed, site-specific
>financial, managerial, demographic and program
>information for virtually every entitlement or
>competitive grant awarded by HUD since 1992. It
>includes information on single-family and
>multi-family housing projects assisted by HUD's
>Federal Housing Administration.
>Through the use of HUD E-MAPS, people can obtain:
>- Site-specific information about all Superfund
>sites as well as descriptions of the laws and
>regulations governing the Superfund program.
>- A listing and description of Brownfields, which
>are abandoned, idled or under-used industrial or
>commercial facilities where expansion or
>redevelopment is limited by real or perceived
>environmental contamination. Also included is
>information about Brownfields Tax Incentive
>- Zones as well as the locations of its pilot
>- Reports about air pollution emitted from such
>sources as electric power plants, steel mills,
>factories, universities and others.
>- Information that tracks which facilities use,
>manufacture, transport or release some 650 toxic
>chemicals, including information about air
>emissions, surface-water discharges, releases to
>land, underground injections and transfers to
>off-site locations.
>- Information about businesses that generate,
>transport, treat, store and dispose of hazardous
>waste, including the status of permits, regulatory
>compliance and clean-up activities.
>- Trend analyses of hazardous waste generation.
>- Information about which companies have been
>issued permits to discharge waste water into the
>nation's rivers, including expiration date of the
>permit, how much a company is permitted to
>discharge, and how much and what the company has
>HUD is also exploring with the Veterans
>Administration and the Department of
>Transportation the possibility of overlaying their
>data bases onto its Community 2020TM software.
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