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EPA ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN TO DETAIL REGIONAL BENEFITS DATA FOR PRESIDENT’S CLEAR SKIES INITIATIVE DURING VISIT TO GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN TENNESSEE WITH U.S. SENATOR FRIST

Release Date: 06/28/2002
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2002

EPA ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN TO DETAIL REGIONAL BENEFITS DATA FOR PRESIDENT’S CLEAR SKIES INITIATIVE DURING VISIT TO GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN TENNESSEE WITH U.S. SENATOR FRIST

Dave Ryan 202-564-7827/ryan.dave@epa.gov


EPA Administrator Christie Whitman on Monday, July 1, will visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park with U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R-Tennessee). During the visit Whitman will outline new region-specific human health and environmental benefits that will result from implementation of the President=s Clear Skies proposal. These benefits, which will be achieved more quickly and with more certainty than under current law, have now been identified specifically by regions throughout the country.

Whitman will announce the new data at an afternoon press conference following a day spent on an educational tour where she will be briefed on air quality issues and resource threats to the nation’s most visited national park. Reporters who wish to participate in the entire tour should join Whitman and Frist at 9:40 a.m. at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The press conference will commence at 12:15 p.m. at Clingman’s Dome.

Administrator’s Schedule
Monday, July 1, 2002

9:40 a.m. TOUR Great Smoky Mountains National Park
View Air Quality Display and Briefing on Air Quality Monitoring
Start of Tour at Sugarlands Visitor Center
Great Smoky National Park
Gatlinburg, Tenn.

11:20 a.m. Arrive Clingman’s Dome. Frist, Whitman and Park officials will proceed to observation tower for brief view, followed by mile hike to Clingman’s Dome air quality monitoring station. Participate in briefing by Park officials at Clingman’s Dome air quality monitoring station.

12:15 p.m. Press Conference to Detail Local Benefits and New Region-Specific Data on Clear Skies
Clingman’s Dome
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Gatlinburg, Tenn.

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