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EPA Hosts Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group Meeting in Atlanta to address Concerns in North Birmingham Communities

Contact Information: 
James Pinkney (pinkney.james@epa.gov)
404-562-9183, 404-562-8400

(ATLANTA - February 17, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Meeting (EJ IWG) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in the Sam Nunn Federal Building in Atlanta, GA. The EJ IWG will bring together a host of federal, state, and local agencies, along with community residents and other key stakeholders to specifically focus on issues affecting the North Birmingham area.

Who: USEPA, City of Birmingham and various federal, state and local partners

What: North Birmingham Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

When: Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST

Where: Sam Nunn Federal Building in Atlanta, GA

The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) was established in 1994, under Executive Order 12898. The role of the EJ IWG is to guide, support and enhance federal environmental justice and community-based activities. EPA Region 4, along with other federal agencies in the Atlanta region, began a Regional EJ IWG focused on North Birmingham in August 2014. The goal of the Regional EJ IWG is to work with other federal agencies to assist with revitalization efforts towards making a visible difference in the communities impacted by potential environmental concerns, blight and degradation.

The North Birmingham IWG has embraced a coordinated approach to work with local stakeholders in developing plans to revitalize the North Birmingham area, specifically, the Collegeville, Fairmont and Harriman Park neighborhoods in Jefferson County, Alabama.

The agenda will include updates from representatives from the National EJ IWG, the City of Birmingham and time for the agencies in attendance to share information on resources and technical assistance available to support the needs of North Birmingham.

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