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Over 200 State, Regional and National Officials, Environmental Advocates, Industry and Utility Representatives Participate In Forum To Address Balancing Northeast Energy Needs With Clean Air Goals.
Release Date: 07/13/2001
Contact Information: Cindy Drucker, NESCAUM, 617-367-8540 Andrew Spejewski, EPA-New England, 617-918-1014
WHAT: Over 200 State, Regional and National Officials, Environmental Advocates, Industry and Utility Representatives Participate In Forum To Address Balancing Northeast Energy Needs With Clean Air Goals.
Entitled "Keeping the Lights On and the Air Clean," the conference will examine the outlook for meeting increased energy demands in the northeast and chart a vision for harmonizing the growth in energy supply with on-going efforts to protect the public from adverse health and environmental impacts of air pollution. The California situation served as a wake-up call to the country. This conference will describe Northeast states efforts to ensure sufficient, reliable energy supply along with substantial additional air pollution reductions.
An estimated 7,000 megawatts of additional, new power has been permitted in New England:
- How can the Northeast states substantially improve air quality without sacrificing energy reliability?
- How can the Northeast example of multi-pollutant emission controls, energy efficiency and renewable standards serve as a roadmap for Congressional action?
- How can the Northeast states balance the need for new generation while addressing local community concerns?
- Bob Durand, Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs
- Jim Brett, President and CEO, New England Council
- Chris Hessler, Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
- Bill White, Energy and Climate Analyst, EPA-New England
- Deborah Donovan, Energy Research Coordinator, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Jason Grumet, Executive Director, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2001, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sec. Durand will speak at 9:00 am. Jim Brett at 9:45 am. Chris Hessler at 12:30 pm.
Volpe Transportation Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
There will be a dedicated press room for media interviews with speakers and key attendees. Interviews may also be scheduled in advance by calling Cindy Drucker or Amy Miller. Full conference agenda and directions to Volpe Center are available at http://www.nescaum.org