CalEnviroScreen Data Update for the Border Region

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The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announces the availability of a report to the Legislature on actions taken to account for pollution burdens in the California-Mexico border region for the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen).

This report was prepared pursuant to the requirements in Public Resources Code Section 71090, which was enacted into law by Assembly Bill 1059 (E. Garcia, Chapter 584, Statutes of 2015). AB 1059 requires OEHHA to report to the Legislature on efforts to include additional data related to air quality, water quality, toxic releases and hazardous waste in order to update the indicators in CalEnviroScreen.

OEHHA has gathered data on pollution releases near the border and used it to refine multiple indicators in CalEnviroScreen 3.0, released in January 2017. These updates as well as barriers to accessing the necessary data are described in the report.