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Release Date: 2/14/2002
Contact Information: Mike Ardito, U.S. EPA, (415) 972-3081,

     SAN FRANCISCO   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with several Arizona state agencies and Santa Cruz County, will hold a free one-day workshop regarding chemical accident prevention, emergency planning and community right to know at the Rio Rico Resort on Feb. 28.

     This workshop will be held for businesses, facilities, government agencies and community members in the Santa Cruz County or Tucson area that use, store, ship or regulate chemicals.  The workshop, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be presented by representatives of the EPA, Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Management, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Department of Emergency Management and State Emergency Response Commission.  Spanish language translation will be available at the workshop.

     "This post-September 11 period makes it more important than ever that we all unite to make our community a safer one in which to live and conduct business," commented Louis A. Chaboya, the director of the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Management.

     Regulatory programs to be addressed at the workshop include the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program.

     "The workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the environmental regulatory programs that will promote Santa Cruz County as a safer community," said Jane Diamond, the EPA's acting director for chemical emergency prevention and preparedness programs in the Pacific Southwest.

     For more information and to reserve a seat at the workshop, you may contact the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Management at (520) 375-8000.

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