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On September 13, 2013, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the availability of an update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, Version 1.1 (PDF, CalEnviroScreen 1.1). CalEnviroScreen is a screening methodology that can be used to identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. A report describing the CalEnviroScreen 1.1 methodology and results along with an online mapping application are available. For more information about the development of the tool, please visit OEHHA's page on the screening tool.

CalEnviroscreen 1.1 uses the same methodology as Version 1.0 except that the indicator for race/ethnicity was removed from the calculation of a community’s CalEnviroScreen score. This change was made to facilitate the use of the tool by government entities that may be restricted from considering race/ethnicity when making certain decisions. The CalEnviroScreen 1.1 document continues to calculate scores for the state’s ZIP codes. While race and ethnicity will not be used in the calculations, a new section has been added that provides information on the racial and ethnic composition of communities throughout the state.  This information contributes to a better understanding of the relationship between race/ethnicity and the pollution burdens facing communities in California. CalEPA and OEHHA are committed to updating and expanding this section as new versions of the tool are released.

On April 23, 2013, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the availability of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, Version 1 (CalEnviroScreen 1.0). This tool presents the nation’s first comprehensive screening methodology to identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution and presents the statewide results of the analysis using the screening tool. A report describing the methodology and results along with an online mapping application are available. For more information about the development of the tool, please visit OEHHA's page on the screening tool.

Past Events

On January 23, 2013, CalEPA announced that it had extended the public comment period on the Second Public Review Draft of the California Communities Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen) was extended to February 1, 2013.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on behalf of CalEPA previously released the relevant material below:

On January 11, 2013, OEHHA on behalf of CalEPA, convened a public meeting of the CalEPA Cumulative Impacts and Precautionary Approaches (CIPA) Work Group to provide advice on a second public review draft of Draft California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen), a screening methodology to identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution.

On January 3, 2013, OEHHA made available the Second Public Review Draft of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen).

On July 30, 2012, OEHHA announced the availability of a report for public review entitled, Draft California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen). Supplemental material with preliminary maps is available on the OEHHA website at http://oehha.ca.gov/ej/index.html.

The comment period on this report was extended from September 23 to October 16, 2012.

OEHHA, on behalf of CalEPA, conducted a series of regional public workshops between August and September 2012 to solicit input on its draft cumulative impacts screening tool. Input solicited includes indicators used, data source selected, and how results of the screening tool should be used by CalEPA and its Boards, Departments, and Office (BDOs). Additional preliminary maps and other maps for other regions are posted on OEHHA’s website at http://www.oehha.ca.gov/ej/index.html.

The following list provides links to summaries and lists of comments received at previously conducted (August and September 2012) workshops.

After considering all the comments and suggestions received, CalEPA and OEHHA developed and refined the tool and then worked with the Cumulative Impacts and Precautionary Approaches (CIPA) Workgroup and CalEPA boards, departments, and offices to develop a final report.

For any questions, comments, or concerns regarding these cumulative impacts workshops, meetings, or tool, please contact John Faust, at (510) 622-3185 or via e-mail at john.faust@oehha.ca.gov.

Last updated: September 17, 2013
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