Environmental Groups: How They are Impacting Central Missouri Communities

The Department of Environmental Protection in Central Missouri has implemented a spill line to provide a single point of response for local and state agencies in the event of emergencies or serious accidents. The EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Justice (EJ) Program is managed by the Office of Communities, Tribes, and Environmental Assessment (OCTEA). This program works to ensure that all people are protected from the disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards by working with and on behalf of affected communities. The Region 8 environmental justice program focuses on providing equal protection against environmental and health hazards, as well as equal access to the decision-making process for a healthy environment.

The EPA has funded several projects in Region 10 to promote environmental justice. These projects can be found on the map under Projects funded by the Environmental Justice Program. Additionally, department staff can be consulted through forums, working groups, committees, and advisory groups. Under the Missouri Spill Bill, responsible parties or spills must report emissions of hazardous substances to the department's 24-hour environmental emergency response line at 573-634-2436, or to the National Response Center at 800-424-8802. The Environmental Justice and Child Health Services (EJCHS) is critical to working closely with the EPA's Region 4 divisions in their integration of environmental justice and child health into their programs.

It plays a key role in directing and coordinating environmental justice and child health programs in the region. Environmental Public Health and the 10 Essential Services are also important components of environmental justice. These services help provide communities with access to essential public health services and support public health accreditation. The Region 5 Environmental Justice Program is located in the Office of Tribal and Multimedia Programs, within the Office of the Regional Administrator. This program works to provide grants, collaborate with communities and tribes, coordinate with states and other government agencies, and involve universities, research centers, and other entities in disseminating discourse on environmental justice. Region 2 also co-directs a Regional Inter-Agency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ RIWG) with the U.

S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Office of Environmental Justice, Tribal Affairs, and International works closely with communities to facilitate culturally sensitive communication, find solutions, or reduce environmental challenges. In partnership with KC Rising and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, MARC collaborates with local governments, businesses, civic leaders, and community partners to develop a strategy for broadband and digital equity through short- and long-term investments that achieve the goal of providing all households in the region with affordable, high-quality access to broadband.