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2008 Report on the Environment Press Conference

Release Date: 05/16/2008
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman, (202) 564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - May 16, 2008) EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment (EPA 2008 ROE) will provide the American people with an important resource to better understand trends in the condition of the air, water, and land and related changes in human health in the United States. The EPA 2008 ROE frames key questions the nation needs to answer in to protect the environment, and addresses each issue using scientifically sound indicators that have been developed with extensive public input.

The EPA 2008 ROE updates the draft ROE released in 2003. After the first ROE, EPA decided better indicators were needed, and began the Environmental Indicator Initiative to identify indicators in an open and transparent manner.

This is a critical document for informing public debate on EPA's research priorities and next steps, and therefore will be announced at EPA's 7
th annual Science Forum on Tuesday, May 20. Media may either come to the Forum, or use the call-in phone number below.

WHO:

Dr. George Gray, Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD)

Dr. Peter Preuss, Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), EPA ORD
Dr. Denice Shaw, EPA 2008 ROE Project Lead, NCEA, EPA ORD

Dr. Jay Messer, Senior Science Advisor and EPA 2008 ROE writer, NCEA, EPA ORD

WHAT:
2008 Report on the Environment (EPA 2008 ROE) press conference

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 – at EPA's 2008 Science Forum
Noon EDT

WHERE:
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
(Room: Meridian D+E)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

TELECON LINE

U.S./Canada dial-in number: 888-689-4723
International dial-in number: 706-679-6169

Directions: Please call in 10 minutes prior to start time (noon) on phone number above
Give operator Conference ID Number
48257714

NOTE: To enter the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center requires photo identification.