Ms. Newman is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, founded in 1978, to address the impact of California’s highest priority superfund site, the Stringfellow Acid Pits. She and the Center have also taken the lead in addressing air quality in western Riverside County, an area that holds the record for the highest levels of particulate matter pollution, known as PM 10 (Particulate Matter 10 microns or less), in the nation.
Air Quality and Pollution
Ms. Newman is leading the fight to improve air quality in Mira Loma, the site of a number of large warehouse and distribution centers where the effects of particulate pollution have led to children having the slowest lung growth in the nation. She is the leader of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice which pursues the Mira Loma issue and trains residents in other community to organize to take on environmental issues.
Ms. Newman was a founder of Concerned Neighbors in Action which was formed in 1978 in response to a spill at the Stringfellow Acid Pits after a heavy rain. The result of the spill, contamination of the Glen Avon neighborhood, led to the largest personal injury lawsuit in the nation and the designation of Stringfellow as a US EPA Super Fund site. The group won their suit and Ms. Newman went on to undertake other environmental issues in the region through the formation of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice.