Healthy and Thriving Communities
In their 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) cites that partnership among all levels of government will enable communities to grow in ways that strengthen economies, use public resources more efficiently, and revitalize neighborhoods. States are particularly invested in sustainable infrastructure to prevent and reduce communities’ exposures to contaminants, accelerate the pace of cleanups, and reduce environmental impacts associated with land use. Investments in rebuilding communities and controlling hazardous pollutants and substances enable states and federal partners to return land to its productive use. Learn more.
Economic Indicators versus Emissions of Common Pollutants
Since xxxx, Nebraska's economy demonstrated continuous growth, its population increased, and its citizens drove more miles.
Concurrently, the combined emissions of common outdoor air pollutants xxxxed by xx%.
Communities directly affect pollutant emissions as populations increase and citizens engage in activities like driving cars. Common outdoor air pollutants are carbon monoxide (CO), nitrous oxides (NOs), particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Brownfields Cleanups Since xxxx
As a result of Nebraska's efforts, xxxx acres of contaminated land have been made available for reuse!
A brownfield is a property in which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and improves and protects the environment.
Acres ready for reuse
Brownfields Cleanups in Nebraska
Less and Properly Managed Waste
To adequately protect public health and the environment from hazardous waste contamination, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and states monitor and implement the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the national framework of solid waste control. States have various metrics in place to illustrate how waste is managed and if facilities are complying with the appropriate regulations.
Facilities Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
RCRA protects communities and resource conservation through safe management and cleanup of solid and hazardous waste, and encouragement of source reduction and beneficial use. Addressing sites undergoing corrective action where groundwater is involved is a process that typically takes years. Thus there are only a few sites cleaned up on an annual basis. Learn more.
% of RCRA Facilities in Corrective Action with Human Exposure Under Control*
Under RCRA Subtitle C, U.S. EPA has the authority to require corrective action of facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous wastes to determine if there is any unacceptable human exposure to contamination that can be reasonably expected under the current land- and groundwater-use conditions. Most states are authorized to run the corrective action program.
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Water Clean and Available for All Uses
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and states have made significant progress in improving water quality since the enactments of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) decades ago. However, environmental regulators are still challenged with maintaining infrastructure and limiting nutrient pollution. States report on water quality, measured by the concentration of pollutants and sedimentation from point (direct) and nonpoint (indirect) sources. Funding for water infrastructure and the number of facilities that comply with state and federal regulations are primary factors in improving the health of waterbodies. Learn more.
Point Source Water Pollution
Percent of Major Wastewater Dischargers without Significant Noncompliance
Wastewater discharges from industrial and commercial sources may contain pollutants at levels that could adversely affect the quality of receiving waters or interfere with publicly owned treatment works that receive those discharges.