DALLAS BRANCH NAACP
P.O. BOX 131768 DALLAS TEXAS 75313
972-803-3052/214-418-2752August 10, 2011
The Honorable Al ArmendarizRegional AdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6Mail Code 6RA, Suite 12001445 Ross AvenueDallas, Texas 75202Dear Administrator Armendariz:As you may know, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) began toaddress the issue of environmental justice more than 10 years ago under the visionary leadership of ourformer national President, The Honorable Ben Chavis. This critically important issue is now one of the
NAACP’s national priorities. We have been encouraged by the progressive and bold leade
rship theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken regarding this critically important issue under
President Obama and Administrator Lisa Jackson’s leadership. As you know so well, environmental
justice is a quality of life determinant in many communities.It is for the reason that the Dallas Chapter of the NAACP is appealing to you for immediate assistance.
The Dallas Chapter is very concerned about the City of Dallas’ plans to divert almost a million tons of
municipal and industrial waste each year from landfills in north Dallas to the City- owned McCommasLandfill in Southern
Dallas. We strongly believe there are serious policy issues regarding the City’s
Proposal, including the following as suggested by available data:1.
Significant increases in the level of truck traffic from the northern part of the City, through thedowntown core and into Southern Dallas. Most of these trucks are likely to be diesel fueledvehicles that emit significant quantities of emissions into the atmosphere;2.
The impact of the emissions resulting from the increased truck traffic on the Dallas- Fort Worth
areas’ efforts to attain federal clean air requirements;
The serious issue of whether the City’s McCommas Landfill is properly designed to take various
types of non-hazardous industrial waste, particularly the industrial waste that containshazardous constituents; and