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Date:4/1/2013

t plan to improve sanitation infrastructure, as well as dredge and remove heavily polluted sludge from an estuarine tidal channel in San Juan. The HIA will examine potential health risks and benefits associated with the proposed project, including exposure to environmental hazards, perceived displacement, and health risks related to unsanitary living conditions. Partners will include the Corporacin del Proyecto ENLACE del Cao Martn Pea, a redevelopment authority, and the local community-based organization Grupo de las Ocho Comunidades Aledaas al Cao Martn Pea, or G-8 Inc.

  • National Indian Justice Center will undertake an HIA on a proposed solar project to examine the health risks and benefits for Native American communities in the Mojave Desert. The HIA will analyze potential health impacts associated with changes in access to resources that are part of tribal cultural practices, including traditional foods, as well as changes in substance abuse and mental health. Benefits tied to the renewable energy project will also be considered, including improved air quality from reduced emissions and opportunities for employment with health insurance. The HIA will be conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the California Energy Commission, and affected tribes, tribal leaders, and tribal health advocates.

  • Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. will undertake an HIA to inform decisions regarding a proposed casino in western Massachusetts. Decision-makersincluding the state gaming commission, local government officials, and voterswill consider the siting options of Springfield, West Springfield, and Palmer, as well as licensing and regulation, and design and development of the casino. The HIA will examine health risks that might be linked to gamblingincluding substance abuse, mental health, and injuryand potential health benefits related to employment opportunity, access to health insurance, and community revenues.

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  • Contact: Alex Dery Snider
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    202-540-6590
    Pew Health Group
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