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EPA Launches 1- 866 - EPA - Aged to Promote Public Participation in Aging Initiative

Release Date: 03/20/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

(03/20/03)EPA Administrator Christie Whitman today announced a toll-free number – 1-866-EPA-AGED (372-2433) – to increase public participation in the development of a National Agenda on the Environment and the Aging. The National Agenda on the Environment and the Aging is being developed to set priorities for research and education to address environmental hazards that threaten the health of older persons, which include examining the impact a rapidly aging population will have on the environment and engaging older Americans to volunteer in their communities to reduce environmental hazards. EPA is encouraging public comment and participation in the development of the agenda. English- or Spanish-speaking callers may offer comments or request information regarding the National Agenda by calling 1-866-EPA-AGED. The line is open 24 hours a day, and a customer service representative will be available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Callers may also register for six public listening sessions being held to collect input for the National Agenda. The meetings are scheduled for Tampa, Fla. (April 3); San Antonio, Texas (April 8); Iowa City, Iowa (April 15); Pittsburgh, Pa.(April 23); Los Angeles, Calif. (April 29); and Baltimore, Md. (May 7). Pre-registration is required to attend or to speak. An EPA web site describing the National Agenda was launched on March 3, 2003 ( and a Federal Register notice – which is available on the web site – soliciting public comment was issued on March 4, 2003. Comments on the National Agenda on the Environment and the Aging will be accepted through Friday, May 16, 2003.