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EPA ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN TO SPEAK AT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL OF STATES RECEPTION

Release Date: 04/23/2002
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Contact: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E No. 02-OPA054

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS: EPA ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN TO SPEAK AT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL OF STATES RECEPTION

TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH STATES, PRESIDENT’S CLEAR SKIES INITIATIVE AND WILL SIGN MEMORANDUMS OF AGREEMENT WITH COLORADO, VIRGINIA AND MASSACHUSETTS, ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT WITH TEXAS

CHICAGO (April 23, 2002) — EPA Administrator Christie Whitman will be at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison Wednesday evening to speak to members of the Environmental Council of States (ECOS). Whitman will talk about environmental partnerships between the federal government and states and will discuss various environmental issues. Among those issues is the President’s Clear Skies Initiative, a plan to set mandatory cuts in the emissions of three major pollutants from power plants that will, over the next decade, remove a total of 35 million more tons of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury from the air than will be eliminated by the current Clean Air Act. Whitman will also talk to members about EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program, announce the signing of a memorandum of agreement with Texas, and sign memorandums of agreement with Colorado, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Who: EPA Administrator Christie Whitman

When: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Where: Monona Convention Center
Rand Terrace East
615 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, Wis.

What: Discuss federal and state partnerships, Clear Skies and EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program, announce signing of a memorandum of agreement with Texas, and sign memorandums of agreement with Colorado, Virginia and Massachusetts.


The Environmental Council of the States is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental commissioners. ECOS mission is to champion the role of states in environmental management; provide for the exchange of ideas, views and experiences among states; foster cooperation and coordination in environmental management; and articulate state positions to Congress, federal agencies and the public on environmental issues.

EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program is designed to motivate and reward top environmental performance. Since the program’s launch in summer 2000, 280 facilities have been accepted as participants. Through a systematic approach to managing environmental responsibilities, taking extra steps to reduce and prevent pollution, and being good corporate neighbors, these facilities are leading the way to environmental excellence while saving money and improving their productivity.

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