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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Congressional Black Caucus Visit Oakland on National Tour to Highlight Communities Heavily Impacted By Environmental Concerns, Pollution

Release Date: 10/13/2010
Contact Information: Media Contact Information: Mary Simms, (415) 947-4270


SAN FRANCISCO -- On Saturday, October 16th, President Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, along with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, will host a press conference and town hall meeting in Oakland following a day-long environmental justice tour. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus representing Los Angeles, Compton, Long Beach, Carson, Oakland, and many of California's ethnically diverse congressional districts will participate in a historic Environmental Justice Tour in Oakland.

The tour will include a stop at a site recognized by EPA as one of the most toxic in the nation; a town hall meeting with environmental advocates and leaders; and a stop at an urban food cooperative fighting to combat inner-city food deserts. The tour will provide a unique opportunity to discuss key issues, view developing success stories and get a first hand look at ongoing challenges on the path to environmental justice for Californian communities.

Oakland is the 4
th stop on the joint EPA-CBC Environmental Justice Tour, with leaders visiting several areas throughout the country to highlight environmental justice challenges faced by Americans in all communities.

WHO: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson;
EPA Regional Administrator, Region 9, Jared Blumenfeld;
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D - CA);
Congresswoman Diane Watson (D - CA);
Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D - CA);
and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D – MO.)

WHAT: Oakland Environmental Justice Press Conference and Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: Administrator Jackson and Congresswoman Lee will hold a press conference to discuss the Environmental Justice Tour in advance of the Town Hall meeting on Saturday, October 16th. To receive details for the press conference and advance information about locations for the tour, please RSVP.

WHERE: ***To receive tour locations and clearance information, please RSVP to Mary Simms at

RSVP REQUIRED: *** Credentialed press who would like to interview Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and/or attend the Oakland Environmental Justice Tour, should e-mail ASAP to RSVP. Please include your name, media affiliation and contact information in your request.

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