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TODAY: EPA Chief Travels to Atlanta to Announce Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative

Release Date: 04/18/2011
Contact Information: press@epa.gov

TODAY: EPA Chief Travels to Atlanta to Announce Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative
Administrator Jackson to Also Focus on Children's Health Issues at Emory Town Hall Meeting

WASHINGTON – On Monday, April 18, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will travel to Atlanta to announce the formation of EPA’s Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) Initiative. The Administrator, joined by Dr. Gerald Durley and other community leaders, will take part in a roundtable discussion Monday morning on the new initiative. Faith institutions and community groups are an integral part of many of our communities and can play a powerful role in environmental education efforts to support cleaner communities and healthier families.

Later in the afternoon, Administrator Jackson will keynote a Children’s Health Town Hall Meeting at Emory University attended by members of the Rollins School of Public Health and other doctors and health advocates. Children are particularly susceptible to toxins and pollutants in our air and water. Some forms of pollution can cause mental and physical developmental problems, respiratory illnesses and even deaths in children.

EPA recently announced proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards which would require power plants to use pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases. These pollutants are linked to neurological problems, developmental disorders in children, respiratory illnesses and other debilitating, costly and often fatal health challenges. Adoption of wide-spread pollution control technology will prevent an estimated 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks while also preventing 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and ensuring about 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children. For more information on EPA's proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards go to: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/

EPA has pledged to work to expand the environmental conversation and build partnerships between government, faith-based and neighborhood organizations to clean up our air, land and water, keep our children and families healthy and work for environmental justice.

Both events are OPEN PRESS. Details are below:

WHAT: Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Roundtable Discussion

WHO: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
              Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)
              Gwen Keyes Fleming, EPA Regional Administrator
              Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Senior Pastor Providence, Missionary Baptist Church
              Rev. Brent Owens, St. Alban's Episcopal Church
              Alexis Chase, Executive Director, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light
              Sally Bethea, Executive Director Upper Chattahoochee River Keepers

WHEN: Monday, April 18
              10:00 a.m. EST

WHERE The Carter Center
Cyprus Room
              One Copenhill
              453 Freedom Parkway NE
              Atlanta, GA

WHAT: Children’s Health Town Hall Meeting

WHO: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
              Gwen Keyes Fleming, EPA Regional Administrator
              Laura Turner Seydel, Turner Foundation
              Dr. Daniel Costa, Interim National Program Director, EPA's Air, Climate and Energy Program
              Dr. James W. Curran, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health
              Dr. Paige Tolbert, Rollins School of Public Health
              Dr. Christopher Portier, Director, CDC National Center for Environmental Health
              Rebecca Watts Hull, Director, Mothers & Others for Clean Air

WHEN: Monday, April 18
              1:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: Emory University
Rollins School of Public Health (Rollins Auditorium)
1518 Clifton Road
              Atlanta GA