NAWO Comments on US Federal Government's EJ Plans
NAWO's comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency on the proposed strategic plan that the US EPA intends to forward related to Environmental Justice for the next 3-5 years. (August 2005)
EPA Response to Comments on the proposed strategic plan described by the EPA. (October 2005)
NAWO's comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the treatment of environmental justice matters in NRC regulatory and licensing actions. (January 2004)
EJ Community Education Forum
In 2002, NAWO assisted the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in organizing Minnesota's first Environmental Justice Community Education Forum that brought together the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's commissioner and representatives of Minnesota's Indigenous Peoples in a culturally supportive environment. The purpose of the forum was to build communications between the affected Indigenous Peoples and the primary state environmental regulatory agency that controls and tracks industrial emissions into the environment. The conference ended with a survey.
Hydropower and Environmental Racism
Xcel Energy, a Minnesota electric utility, and Manitoba Hydro have proposed a significant increase in electric power production in northern Manitoba. These projects have significant economic, environmental and social implication on the lives of the people in the Pimicikamak Cree Nation. NAWO spoke in favor of an Xcel shareholder resolution requesting that the board of directors develop and implement policies and practices requiring that Xcel obtain power supplies from increased efficiencies and renewable resources that do not have undue adverse environmental, socioeconomic and human rights impacts upon Pimicikamak Cree Nation and other Indigenous Peoples. The shareholder resolution garnered nearly 10% of the votes of Xcel's outstanding 20 million shares in the 2001 Xcel Annual Meeting.
See the NAWO shareholder speech that was delivered at the Xcel annual meeting.
NAWO Commission of Artwork
The following painting was commissioned by NAWO and donated to the
Pimicikamack Cree First Nation. The artist is Jan Attridge.
The Holyland is All The Earth was performed by NAWO board member Louis Alemayehu at the 4th annual Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota Founders Day honoring Congressman Keith Ellison and over 200 participants (January 13, 2007).
ToxMap - US National Library of Medicine's ToxMap is an interactive web site that allows the searching of chemical pollutants by geographic area in a map format. (March 2006)