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EPA Hosts Symposium to Strengthen Research and Policy on Environmental Justice / The opening session and all plenary sessions will be Webcast live

Release Date: 03/16/2010
Contact Information: Dave Ryan 202-564-7827 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a three-day symposium in Washington, D.C. on March 17-19 to look for opportunities to better assess and address environmental justice in environmental policy and regulatory decision making. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Peggy Shepard, Executive Director for WEACT for Environmental Justice will speak at the opening session of the symposium on March 17 starting at 8:30 a.m.

Leaders from across the country including researchers, academics, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, government officials, tribal leaders, Environmental Justice activists and community experts, among others will participate in this discussion.

Administrator Jackson has made promoting environmental justice and expanding the conversation of environmentalism one of the seven key priorities of her tenure at EPA. The principles of environmental justice uphold the idea that all communities – particularly minority and underserved communities – deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

***Credentialed media who would like to attend the opening plenary, please RSVP with Dave Ryan at***

WHO: Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Senior EPA officials
Community leaders
Research and academics
Policy makers
Government leaders

      Tribal leaders

WHAT: Strengthening Environmental Justice Research and Decision Making: A
      Symposium on the Science of Disproportionate Environmental Health

WHEN: March 17-19, 2010. Administrator Jackson will speak at the plenary session on
      Wednesday, March 17, 8:30 a.m. EST

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

NOTE: All plenary sessions on March 17, 18 and 19th will be Webcast live. To