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FRIDAY: EPA Administrator to Deliver Remarks at 2015 League of United Latin American Citizens Annual National Convention


WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Salt Lake City to deliver remarks at the 2015 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Annual National Convention & Exposition, during the Women's Luncheon. LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. McCarthy's remarks will focus on the important work of Latina leaders in fighting for change, and environmental justice for vulnerable populations that experience disproportionate public health impacts as related to climate change.

Eight percent of children of Hispanic origin have asthma and are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized for an asthma attack as white children. Puerto Rican children have the highest asthma rates among all ethnicities at 20 percent. That's why this summer EPA is working to finalize the Clean Power Plan, a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Climate change supercharges health risks like asthma and others ailments associated with increased temperatures and pollutants that come packaged with carbon pollution, which negatively affects Latino communities at a disproportionate rate.

WHO: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

WHAT: Remarks at the 2015 LULAC Annual National Convention

WHEN: Friday, July 10; 12 p.m. MDT (2 p.m. EDT)

WHERE: Salt Palace Convention Center
Grand Ballroom
100 SW Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Members of the media interested in covering this event should email press@epa.gov. Press should pick up credentials in room 252.