Environmental Justice Assembly

The Environmental Justice Assembly is our monthly meeting with the goal of providing space for residents to talk about environmental justice issues in their community, learn from each other and take action together. We meet every month on the first Friday, 6-8pm at Kheprw Institute (3549 Boulevard Place).

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Riverside Resources

On Aug 18, 2016 IDEM Submitted a letter to the EPA rescinding their support for the Superfund listing and proposed an alternative plan. Click below to read the letter and plan.

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Learn more about the Superfund process

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What is a Superfund?

Case Study

State Seeks EPA’s Help at Fall Creek Superfund Site

EPA Continues Cleanup on Keystone Corridor Superfund Site

Past Events


Public Meeting: Hosted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the US Environmental Protection Agency

March 25, 2017 1:30pm at Riverside Park Family Center Gymnasium

IDEM has prepared an alternative proposed plan for the Riverside Ground Water Contamination site which will be presented.


Trouble Below: Environmental Justice and Community Economic Development

August 27, 2016 4-6 p.m.
 Join us for a panel discussion about the proposed Riverside Super Fund just northwest of downtown.

A Super Fund site is a site on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Priority List which contains the most polluted sites in the country and begins the process of testing and cleanup.

In 2014 the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) submitted the site to the EPA because of hazardous chemicals detected in 2 of Citizens drinking wells.

Recently Citizens Energy, the City of Indianapolis and IDEM have proposed an alternative plan to the Super Fund arguing that the stigma of Super Fund would halt development.

The panel will discuss the following:
  • – Pros and cons of the EPA Superfund to address the contamination
  • – Pros and cons of alternatives to the EPA Superfund
  • – How will the important issue of equity for residents in this community be addressed in each approach?

 Learn more about the Proposed Riverside Superfund and make a public comment: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OLEM-2016-0153

Learn more about the EPA Superfund Process: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-cleanup-process
Click here to read the draft alternative plan (Citizens): http://kheprw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Citizens-City-Idem-alternative-plan.pdf

Click here to read the full EPA Hazard Ranking Report on the proposed Riverside Superfund Site: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/05/924999.pdf

Meet the Panel

Denise-Abdul Rahman, NAACP

Denise-Abdul Rahman, NAACP


Abdul-Rahman’s main passion everyday is working toward a vision that eliminates environmental injustice and increases clean energy, healthy, thriving, resistant and sustainable communities.

She serves as the NAACP Indiana as an Environmental Climate Justice Chair, as well as, Climate Justice Alliance Steering Committee (Our Power Plan EPA Region V Organizer), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (Credentialed Delegate to Paris COP 21), USCAN 2016 Conference Steering Committee, RE-AMP, Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Selection Advisory Committee 2015, Hoosier Sierra Club Executive Committee Member, Earth Charter Indiana Board Member, and Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Board Member.
Full Bio

Nuria Muñiz<br />
US Environmental Protection Agency

Nuria Muñiz
US Environmental Protection Agency


Nuria Muñiz is the National Priorities List Coordinator, Remeidal Response Program, Superfund Division USEPA Chicago. She will give EPA’s perspective on the project, provide information on the Superfund program and answer questions. Two additional EPA staff will attend to support: Denise Boone Section Chief and Katherine Thomas Remedial Project Manager of Superfund Division USEPA Chicago.

Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI

Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI


Gabriel Filippelli studies contamination issues in soils and water in cities, with a special passion for connecting people with their environment using a Citizen Scientist approach. Most of Gabe’s work in Indianapolis has been on lead contamination and lead poisoning in children, including strategies for identifying environmental inequality and combating it through research and partnerships. Gabe heads up the Safe Urban Gardening Initiative, a community-based campaign to help people grow food sustainably and safely in their own backyards and neighborhoods. Gabe is a Professor of Earth Sciences and Directs the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI.

Alvin Sangsuwangul<br />
Riverside Resident, Kheprw Institute

Alvin Sangsuwangul
Riverside Resident, Kheprw Institute


Alvin Sangsuwangul is a resident of the Riverside Neighborhood and has attended and engaged in many of the neighborhood meetings around this issues. He is also a leader within the Kheprw Institute (KI) and has worked to further KI’s mission to support communities fighting for environmental and social justice and to provide space for critical conversations. He grew up in Indianapolis, graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and has worked as an activist and advocate for environmental justice and human rights across the country and abroad in San Bernardino, Eastern Kentucky and Thailand.

Dan Considine, Citizens Energy Group

Dan Considine, Citizens Energy Group


Dan Considine, Manager, Corporate Communications at Citizens Energy Group. Considine is responsible for corporate communications strategy and public relations for Citizens.