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Houston to Host Three Major Environmental Justice Events in August

July 22, 2014

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HOUSTON – Get ready Houston. Our city will be hosting three important environmental justice meetings during the first week of August. All of the events will address the disproportionate location of polluting facilities in or near low-income and people of color communities and the potential health effects. The Houston meetings are expected to attract participants from across the Houston Metro area, state, Gulf Coast region and nation who have environmental justice concerns. The Houston gatherings will also offer opportunities for EJ organizations and their leaders to network, organize and develop collective strategies to address major health and environmental threats facing their communities.

Houston Environmental Justice Waste Summit – August 2, 2014 – The Zero Waste Houston Coalition will hold an Environmental Justice and Waste Summit at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (3100 Cleburne Avenue, Houston, TX). Summit organizers have assembled a distinguished group of local and national leaders who will share their work on environmental justice, race and waste, with a special emphasis on efficient and just strategies for recycling in Houston. Register HERE

EPA Public Hearing – August 5, 2014 – Proposed Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards. On May 15, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule that would further control toxic air emissions from petroleum refineries. (Proposed Rule and Fact Sheet). EPA is proposing additional emission control requirements for storage tanks, flares and coking units at petroleum refineries. EPA is also proposing to require monitoring of air concentrations at the fenceline of refinery facilities to ensure proposed standards are being met and that neighboring communities are not being exposed to unintended emissions.  When fully implemented, the provisions in this rule will result in a reduction of 5600 tons per year of toxic air pollutants, and 52,000 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Location: Alvin D. Baggett Recreation Building (1302 Keene Street, Galena Park, TX 77547). Register HERE to speak the day of the hearing or pre-register with Virgina Hunt by August 1, 2014.

EPA Region 6 Environmental Justice Training Workshop August 6-8, 2014. EPA will conduct an Environmental Justice Training Workshop for EJ community leaders in Houston. The goals of the  Training Workshop is to: Bring together grassroots organizations and partners, local officials and government entities to better understand today’s Environmental Justice challenges; build sustainable relationships thru strategies exchanges, lessons learned and best practices that lead to healthier communities; broaden decision making skills via better understanding environmental processes and requirements; and participate in a collaborative process to draft a Region 6 EJ State Action Plan that addresses region-wide priorities. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Limited travel assistance may be available. Location: Houston Marriott, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX. Register HERE. More detailed information can be found in the Flyer for the EJ Workshop.

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