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Sources of Pollution and School Siting

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"Sources of Pollution and School Siting" April 28 - Congressional Briefing, Capitol Hill, DC

Center for Health, Environment, & Justice, American Federation of Teachers, Global Community Monitor and Natural Resources Defense Council are sponsoring a briefing on Tuesday April 28 entitled “Sources of Pollution and School Siting”. It will be held at Canon Building room 304 in Washington DC from 10am -12pm.

Thirty years after the Love Canal crisis closed two elementary schools due to contamination, few state and no federal laws exist to prevent schools from being built on or near sources of pollution. This past December, USAToday released a series of articles ranking over 1,000 schools on air contamination and just this past week EPA announced air testing outside 62 schools in over 22 states. EPA is also set to release national school siting guidelines this year that can be adopted by state governments and local school boards. As this issue becomes increasingly important to so many communities, please join us as we discuss the particular concerns related to school siting, children’s health, and what we can do as advocates, parents, and concerned community members to prevent the siting of schools on or near sources of pollution.

RSVP: Send an email to Renee at rblanchard(at)chej.org

Where: 304 Canon Building, Washington DC
When: Tuesday April 28, 10am-12pm

Speakers include:

Daryl Alexander, American Federation of Teachers
Bob Axelrad, Environmental Protection Agency (invited, not confirmed)
Renee Blanchard, Center for Health, Environment, & Justice
Ruth Breech, Global Community Monitor
Blake Morrison, USAToday
Dr. Jerome Paulson, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and Environment

Agenda:

Welcome

Speaker- Renee Blanchard, Center for Health, Environment, & Justice

School and Community Health Impacts Panel Discussion

Panelist- Dr. Jerome Paulson, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and Environment
Panelist- Daryl Alexander, American Federation of Teachers
Panelist- Ruth Breech, Global Community Monitor

USA Today Findings: Air Pollution and School Siting

Speaker- Blake Morrison, USAToday

EPA’s National School Siting Guidelines (not confirmed)

Speaker- Bob Axelrad, Environmental Protection Agency (invited, not confirmed)

Model School Siting Legislation & What Communities Can Do

Speaker- Renee Blanchard, Center for Health, Environment & Justice

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