The California Environmental Protection Agency has a new website where people can submit complaints of potential violations ranging from illegal dumping to water pollution.CalEPA announced the website’s launch on Thursday and said the agency is working on the project with IVAN Online, a network for reporting environmental complaints that was created in the Imperial Valley and crowdsources complaints in seven areas of the state, including the Coachella Valley.Luis Olmedo, director of Brawley-based Comite Civico Del Valle and the founder of IVAN Online, said he’s pleased the state has replaced what was an outdated system with a website modeled on IVAN. He said he thinks the website will be a valuable resource for communities across the state. READ MORE: Activists say buffer zones for pesticides neededThe first version of IVAN went live in 2008. The acronym originally stood for Imperial Visions Action Network, but it has since been changed to the more general Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods.Olmedo said IVAN has proven successful in collecting reports of problems such as smoke from agricultural burns, illegal dumps, foul odors around recycling facilities and pesticides blowing in the wind. People can report a problem using a smartphone or computer, in English or Spanish, by clicking a category… Read full this story
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