Introduction to FOEJN
The Fort Ord Environmental Justice Network (FOEJN) was formed in 1995, as an outgrowth of community concerns over the cleanup and reuse efforts of the former Fort Ord Army Base.
FOEJN is a qualified non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Since its inception, FOEJN has advocated for the participation of disenfranchised communities in the activities and decisions made regarding the cleanup of toxins, contaminated groundwater, 8,000 acres of military munitions and other contaminants that cause adverse health affects to impacted residents.
FOEJN also strives to involve local residents in reuse plans, and economic development recovery efforts. FOEJN has stressed the need to use Brownsfields funds to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts. at the Fort Ord facility, and in surrounding communities.
On December 29, 2006 the U.S. EPA issued a proposed agreement between EPA, FORA and the U.S. Army to pass on certain cleanup obligations at various properties on the Former Fort Ord site to FORA.
The proposed Administrative Order of Consent does not comply with EPA's Environmental Justice mandates and policies as it does not require and assure a mechanism for continued public participation and meaningful involvement of community and tribal members in the cleanup and restoration of environmental contamination in and around the former Fort Ord.
The action was taken without any prior notification to citizens or citizen groups, and only thirty days were given for public comment.
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was convened in January 1997 with the intent of engaging a diverse set of stakeholders on policy-level issues associated with conventional military munitions. The Dialogue met a total of seven times to discuss issues of concern and consider recommendations for improvement. The result of these discussions is this summary report. Issues raised and recommendations put forth were not by consensus, but rather represent an overall synopsis of the discussions.[...]
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ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER ON CONSENT
COMMENTS DUE Mon, 29 Jan 2007
CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD
Subject: Forf Ord proposed Site 39 Remedial Action Workplan and Proposed Waste Disposal on Ford Ord Closed Disposal Site, Operable Unit (OU2), SWIS No. 27-AA-0015.
Balancing the Needs of the People With the Care of the Environment.
RE: Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study, Sites 2 & 12 (Draft)