2016 - Relocation of fenceline Housing Project: Carver Terrace
Hilton Kelley fought hard to get the Carver Terrace Housing Project relocated to a safer, healthier location. The housing project Hilton was born in, was within 1 mile of the fence line of the Valero Refinery. Starting in 2014 the residents were relocated and in 2016 the housing complex was demolished to make way for a green belt between the refinery and the community.
2016 - Air Pollution Reduction of 50K-60K tons
Hilton Kelley efforts were instrumental in keeping more than a staggering 50-60 thousand tons per year of pollution from ever entering into the environment. They achieved this by diligent monitoring, filing complaints and keeping a watchful eye on industry.
2015 - Start-up, Shut-down and Malfunction Law (SSM)
In cooperation with several other major environmental groups, Hilton Kelley with CIDA Inc. was instrumental in establishing the national Start-up Shut-down and Malfunction (SSM) Law for refineries. The result of this law is an annual reduction of 40 thousand tons of toxins into the air.
2012 - AAPR Inspire Award
Mr. Kelley won the AAPR Inspire Award for his commitment to serve.
2011 - Meeting with President Obama
Mr. Kelley was invited to the Oval Office and met with the President of the United States. President Obama recognized and thanked Mr. Kelley for his contribution to Environmental Justice
2011 - Goldman Environmental Prize
Mr. Kelley made history when he became the first African American male to win The Goldman Environmental Prize in April 2011
2010 - EPA Showcase Community
Due to Mr. Kelley's work, Port Arthur, Texas was selected for the EPA showcase community project. During this project several issue specific work groups were formed to address areas with challenges. The key areas of focus were Environmental Quality, Unemployment and Skill Development, Housing, Westside and Downtown Revitalization, Community Health and Energy Efficiency.
A final outcome of one of these workgroups was The Southeast Texas Alerting Network (The STAN) which alerts communities in case of an emission event
2009 - Stopped PCB incineration in hometown
Mr. Kelley's protest and organized actions stopped 20,000 tons of PCB’s from being shipped to Port Arthur, Texas from Mexico for incineration.
2009 - NIEHS Hero Award
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) presented Hilton Kelley with the National Institute of Environmental Health and Science (NIEHS) Hero award in August 2009.
2008 - July 1: Hilton Kelley Day
Hilton Kelley was Given a Proclamation by the city of Port Arthur Texas, proclaiming July 1 “Hilton Kelley” Day in the city of Port Arthur. The award was given by Mayor Deloris Bobby Prince 2008. The Award was given for outstanding Environmental service in the community
2008 - Damu Smith Environmental Justice Achievement Award
The Damu Smith Environmental Justice achievement award was given to Hilton Kelley on the 27th of October 2008.
2007 - Port Arthur Citizen of the Year
On October 26th 2007 Mr. Kelley was nominated for Port Arthur Texas citizen of the year and received a certificate for community dedication
2007 - Port Arthur West Side Health Clinic
Hilton Kelley led CIDA Inc. through successful negotiation of an agreement for the Valero oil refinery to assist with health care cost for residents on the west side of Port Arthur and for them to build a health clinic in that community.
2007 - Stopped the the transport of VX nerve gas to hometown
Hilton Kelley was able to stop VX nerve gas waste from being shipped to the Port Arthur Texas community by the U.S. Army for a month, by filing an injunction.
2006 - Houston Hero Award
The “Houston Hero” Award was given to Mr. Kelley by the Citizen League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN).
2006 - Settlement Won
Hilton Kelley and CIDA Inc. filed and won a 3.5 million dollars lawsuit on behalf of the underserved communities that border the fence line of the Motiva refinery in the City of Port Arthur Texas. The settlement resulted in the purchase a mobile medical van to provide on the spot medical care and health vouchers for the community.
2005 - Flare-gas Recovery Units & Restitution
Hilton Kelley and CIDA Inc. negotiated a good neighbor agreement with Premcor resulting in flare-gas recovery units, sulfur recovery units and restitution paid to community members.
2004 - Innovative Community Advocacy Award
The Freed Family Support Group Award for Innovative Community Advocacy was awarded to CIDA Inc
2002 - Environmental Justice Award
The Sierra Club (Lone Star Chapter) awarded Hilton Kelley the Environmental Justice Award
2001 - Toxic Air Release Permit Blocked
Mr. Kelley's organization successfully blocked a permit that would have allowed a refinery to dump 525 tons of toxins into the air.
2000 - HS Future Leaders or America Summit - Keynote Speaker
Mr. Kelley was the Keynote Speaker: Future Leaders of America Summit for High School Students in Port Arthur, Texas.
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