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EPA Chief to Visit Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles to Tour Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impacts, Meet Students

Release Date: 04/18/2012
Contact Information: Media Contact Information: †Nahal Mogharabi, 213-244-1815, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov

LOS ANGELES – On Thursday, April 19th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Obama cabinet member Lisa P. Jackson will tour the Port of Long Beach to discuss ongoing and future efforts to reduce environmental impacts from Port development and operations affecting the air, water and land. Since 2008, the Port of Long Beach has been awarded more than $12 million in funding from the U.S. EPA to upgrade vessels and terminal equipment to benefit the environment.

As part of her activities leading up to Earth Day, Administrator Jackson will also meet with students as they conduct data analysis of marine samples on board a unique floating classroom at the Port of Los Angeles. In addition, Jackson will present local high school students with the President’s Environmental Youth Award for their work educating the public and decision makers on the issue of large container ships killing whales in the Santa Barbara Channel.

The tour is part of a two day visit to Southern California to meet with community leaders, students and stakeholders to discuss the Agency’s recent actions to protect people’s health and the environment.

WHO:†† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† EPA Regional Administrator, Region 9, Jared Blumenfeld
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          WHEN:†††††††††††† ††††††††††† Thursday, April 19th
          WHAT/WHERE:††††††††††† The times below are subject to change.
      11:00 a.m.††††††† Port of Long Beach Media Availability
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      Port of Long Beach Joint Command and Control Center
          1249 Pier F Avenue. Long Beach 90802
              12:00 p.m.††††††† Presidential Environmental Youth Awards Presentation
              Aquarium of the Pacific
              100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach


              1:45 p.m.††††††††† Floating Classroom Boat Tour with ThinkEarth Foundation
              Parking is just south of Los Angeles Maritime Museum

              600 Sampson Way, San Pedro, Ca. 90731†

Obama appointee Lisa Jackson will be accompanied by Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld. All tours will be open to the press. There will be an informal media availability immediately following each tour.


RSVP REQUIRED:†
*** Credentialed press who would like to attend any of the tours and/or would like to request additional details on Administrator Jackson’s visit to Los Angeles should e-mail mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov ASAP to RSVP and receive essential access information. Please include your name, media affiliation, and contact information in your request.

Lisa P. Jackson: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/administrator.html †††††††††††
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