Anthropology PhD student and EcoGovLab member Margaret Tebbe asks panelists a question about missing environmental hazard data for permitted facilities in Santa Ana.

As [Victor] Yip and other regulatory officials answered questions at the May forum in Santa Ana, one member of a UC Irvine research team that hosted the forum did a quick search on Yip’s agency’s public database of all permitted polluters in SoCal. It’s known as the F.I.N.D. tool, where one can ideally find emissions data and violation records about certain facilities they believe are harming their neighborhood.  “But I was just on SCAQMD’s online database … and I found the crematorium and it’s totally blank,” said Margaret Tebbe, a PhD researcher and member of UCI’s environmental justice team known as EcoGovLab. “There’s no data of any kind,” Tebbe told SCAQMD’s representatives. “No permits, no emissions data, no compliance violations.”

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