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TODAY: EPA Administrator Returns to Gulf Region to Oversee Ongoing Response to the BP Spill / CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley joins Administrator

Release Date: 05/24/2010
Contact Information: Alisha Johnson,

WASHINGTON - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, joined by Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, is back in the Gulf Coast today to monitor EPA’s on-the-ground response to the BP oil spill and speak with residents about efforts to mitigate the spill's impact on the region.

This marks Administrator Jackson’s third visit to the gulf region since the oil spill began. During the trip, the Administrator and Chair Sutley will visit the command center in Robert, La and will also travel to Venice and New Orleans. The visit will include a tour on a Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer (TAGA), a self-contained mobile laboratory being used by EPA to sample and analyze outdoor air quality in the gulf. Administrator Jackson and Chair Sutley will also tour oil impacted wetlands by boat in Venice.

At 4:15 p.m. CST, the Administrator will hold a press conference in Venice, La.

Administrator Jackson arrived in the Gulf Coast last night, where she attended a briefing at the Unified Command Center and met with BP officials along with U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Landry.

To request an interview with Administrator Jackson, please email

For more information on EPA’s efforts in the gulf and for the latest air, water, sediment and underwater dispersant monitoring data:

MONDAY, May 24:

8:30 a.m. CST TAGA Tour

          New Orleans, La.
          CLOSED PRESS

11:20 a.m. CST Ecosystem Working Group Meeting
          EPA Incident Command Post
          MCP 42256 Hwy 23, Venice, La.
          CLOSED PRESS

12:20 p.m. CST Boat Tour of Oil-Impacted Wetlands
          Cypress Cove Marina
235 Cypress Cove Rd., Venice, LA

3:30 p.m. CST Press Conference Call on Dispersants
Additional information on this call to be released

4:15 p.m. CST Press Conference
          Venice Marina
          237 Sports Marina Rd.
          Venice, La.