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EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program to Hold Environmental Justice Conference in Biloxi, MS

Release Date: 02/22/2013
Contact Information: William McBride, 404-562-8378 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main), mcbride.william@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. - February 22, 2013) The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program will host an Environmental Justice Conference, “Environmental Justice: Systems, Symptoms, and Solutions” on March 1 - 2, 2013. The event will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center.

WHO: Gwendolyn Keys Fleming, EPA Region 4 Administrator;
Ron Curry, EPA Region 6 Administrator;

      A.J. Holloway, Mayor, City of Biloxi;
          Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of Barbara Jordan–Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University;
          Lisa Garcia, EPA Senior Policy Advisor on Environmental Justice;
          Ella Holmes Hines, Ward 3 Councilwoman, City of Gulfport;
          Jacqui Patterson, National Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Office of the NAACP

WHAT: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Environmental Justice Conference

WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2013, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
      Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE: Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center
          2350 Beach Boulevard
          Biloxi, MS 39531

Cost: Free
    Media wishing to attend should RSVP to Diane Altsma at atlsman.diane@epa.gov.
      The conference aims to bring together local community activists, citizens, state and federal agencies, academia, business and industry, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders to build relationships that will benefit their communities and promote sustainable growth. The goals of this year’s conference include:
         Developing tangible solutions to address environmental, health, and social impacts affecting communities with environmental justice concerns;

         Educating the attendees on the environmental, health, and social impacts affecting communities with environmental justice concerns; and

         Providing networking opportunities for environmental justice leaders and organizations.


      About Environmental Justice
      Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
      For more information on the conference visit: http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/index.html

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