EPA Region 6 EJ Training Workshop Agenda

 

September 25 – 27, 2013, New Orleans, LA

WEDNESDAY, September 25, 2013

4:00 pm –

6:00 pm

REGISTRATION – CHECK IN

Renaissance Hotel Lobby

6:00 pm –

6:15 pm

Location: Patrons 1 - 3

 

REVIEW AGENDA

 

6:15 pm –

6:45 pm

Location: Patrons 1 - 3

 

 DEFINING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

 Dr. Glenn S. Johnson , Associate Dean – Research and Graduate Studies

Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs –

Texas Southern University

 6:45 pm -

7:30 pm

Location: Patrions 1-3

 COMMUNITY INTRODUCTIONS

Dorothy Felix, Mossville Environmental Action Now (MEAN)

 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Renaissance Art Gallery

 MEET AND GREET RECEPTION

Renaissance Art Gallery

  

THURSDAY, September 26, 2013

8:00am

REGISTRATION – CHECK IN

8:30 am –

8:40 pm

Welcome - Goals and Objectives – Israel Anderson

Dr. Beverly Wright – Executive Director

Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Ron Curry – Regional Administrator

U.S. EPA Region 6

8:40 am –

9:00 am

Deborah Ponder – Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs

U.S. EPA Region 6

EPA Region 6 – Environmental Justice Priority Areas

Introduction - EPA Region 6 Staff

9:00 am –

10:00 am

 

PLENARY – CHEMICAL SAFETY

 

Objective: To make sure that citizens understand what needs to be done to improve the safety of consumers of chemical products and to ensure that risks from chemical substances are adequately understood and managed.

 

Monique Harden, Co-Director, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

 

Jose Bravo Toscano, Just Transition Alliance

Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director, WeACT

Facilitator – Arthur Johnson

The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development

 

10:00 am –

12:-00 pm

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CASE STUDIES

 

Objective: To examine regional case studies in which steps taken to achieve environmental justice were successful or fell short

 

Facilitator – Wilma Subra

Subra Company, President & LEAN

 

Agricultural Street Landfill Case Study

Elodia Blanco, Citizens for Agricultural Street Landfill

Mossville Fenceline Community

Dorothy Felix, Mossville Environmental Action Now

NORCO Fenceline Community

Margie Richard

Founder, Truth Community Outreach

12:00 pm –

1:30 pm

LUNCH PRESENTATION

 

Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director

Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

 

"Environmental Justice and Equity in the Face of Climate Change"

 

BREAK OUT SESSIONS

 

Objective: To gain information about EJ challenges in Region 6, identify top region-wide trends that should be considered as regional priorities, and provide recommendations on how to solve those priorities

ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES: REGION-WIDE TRENDS, NEEDS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

1:30 pm –

3:30 pm

 

1.     Climate Change and Coastal Erosion

Part I

 

Facilitator

Dr. Beverly Wright

 

Scott Eustis, Coastal Wetlands Specialist,

Gulf Coast Restoration Network        

 

 

Brian Jackson

Associate Director of Stakeholders’ Project,

Environmental Defense Fund

EJ Issues, Coastal Erosion and Restoration

 

 

Amanda Moore

Louisiana Organizer, National Wildlife FederationClimate Adaptation

 

John Ettinger

EPA Region 6

1:30 pm –

3:30 pm

 

2.     The Impact of Disasters on Fisher Communities

 

Facilitator

Sharon Gauthe

 

Minh Nguyen

Executive Director

VAYLA

Mental Health Concerns

 

Rev. Tyronne Edwards, Executive Director

Zion Travelers Cooperative Center

Community Social Challenges

 

Bryon Encalade

President Louisiana Oystermen’s Association

Job Equity

 

Theresa Dardar

Go Fish

Impacts on Fishing

3:30 pm –

3:40 pm

BREAK

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES: REGION-WIDE TRENDS, NEEDS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

3:40 pm –

5:30 pm

 

3.     Living with Toxins, Petrochemical Plants, Landfills and Industrial Facilities

 

Facilitator

Dr. Glenn Johnson

 

Ronesha Johnson

Community Advocate

Residents for Air Neutralization Shreveport, Louisiana

The Struggle Living Around Calumet Lubricants Refinery

 

Maxine Gaston

Community Advocate Alexandria, Louisiana

Creosote Contamination

 

Wilma Subra, President, Subra Company

Petrochemical/ Industrial Facilities and Landfills in

Region 6

 

Steve Gilrein

EPA Region 6

 

Chris Ratcliff

LDEQ

 

- Ambient Air Enforcement

- Air Monitoring

- Facility Accidents Upsets & Events    

- Toxic Exposure

- Exxon Mobil Settlement

3:40 pm –

5:30 pm

 

4.     Impact of Policy on Coastal Restoration & Disaster Recovery

Part II

 

Facilitator

Dr. Beverly Wright

 

Cynthia Sarthou Executive Director Gulf Restoration Network

Louisiana Coastal Land Loss

 

Telley Madina

Policy Officer, Oxfam

Job Equity in Coastal Restoration

 

Justin R. Ehrenwerth
Executive Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

The RESTORE Act

5:30 pm

Dinner on your own

               

 

FRIDAY, September 27, 2013

9:00 am –

11:00 am

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES REPORT OUT:

REGION-WIDE TRENDS, NEEDS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Objective: Create a list of top region-wide EJ priorities that should be considered in the Region EJ Action Plan

Facilitator – Israel Anderson

11:00 am –

11:30 am

 

Next Steps – Where do we go from here?

 

Objective: Establish a plan for follow-up and communication

 

Facilitator – Deborah Ponder

11:30 am –

1:00 pm

 

LUNCH PRESENTATION

                        Harold Mitchell, Executive Director ReGenesis

The ReGenesis Story: “Collaborative Problem Solving at Work”

1:00 pm –

2:00 pm

 

CONCURRENT CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOPS

 

Objective: To better understand Government Regulations and Processes

Objective: To equip communities with tools to better respond to EJ Challenges

 

1.     Enforcement and Permitting

      Delegation of Authority Federal and

       State

 

     EPA – Bill Luthans and Steve Gilrein  

     LDEQ – Chris Ratcliff

 

Facilitator - Jordan Macha

2.     Writing Successful Grant Proposals

 

 

 

EPA – Israel Anderson

 

 

Facilitator - Patty Whitney

2:00 pm -

4:00 pm

 

 

PLENARY – COMMUNITY VOICES….GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

Objective: To identify areas of mutual interest and potential for collaborative problem solving

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Stephanie Anthony – Louisiana Democracy Project – Enforcement

Johnette Jackson, Melia Community - Dwyer Road Drainage Project

Arthur Johnson, TheLower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development

– Port Communities

Thomas Dardar, Chief – United Houma Nation – Coastal Erosion

Willie Mae Williams - St. James – Convent, LA – LA Hwy/44

 

Lori Wingate, Army Corps of Engineers

LDEQ – Chris Ratcliff

EPA

 

Facilitator - Richard Moore

Coordinator, Los Jardines Institute (The Gardens Institute)

4:00 pm -

4:30 pm

 

Feedback from participants: What worked, what didn’t?

4:30pm

 

 

CLOSING REMARKS

 

Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director

Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Sam Coleman

U.S. EPA Region 6 - Deputy Regional Administrator

 

 

 

 

A Special thanks to the Planning Team

 

Dr. Beverly Wright – Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Mary Williams – Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Dr. Ebony Turner- Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

monique harden – advocates for environmental human rights

sharon gauthe’ – bayou interfaith shared community organizing

david gauthe’ – bayou interfaith shared community organizing

agnes francisco – community advocate – alexandria, la

dorothy felix – mossville environmental action now

rev. tyronne edwards – zion travelers cooperative center

arthur johnson – center for sustainable engagement & development

juan parras – Texas environmental justice advocacy services - t.e.j.a.s

Velma White – Residents for Air Neutralizations

Stephanie Anthony – louisiana democracy project

richard moore – los jardines institute

wilma subra – subra com & lean

john pettis – oklahoma institute for minority affairs

mary lee orr – louisiana environment action network

dr. anthony rodriguez – texas southern university

dawn hebert – eastern new orleans neighborhood advisory council

minh nguyen – vietnamese american youth leadership association

johnette jackson – melia community

Dorothy McWilliams - Melia Community

Israel anderson – epa region 6

agatha benjamin – epa region 6

paula flores-gregg – epa region 6

tressa tillman – epa region 6

charlotte runnels – epa region 6


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