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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. EPA spotlights local efforts to protect health of nail salon workers

Contact Information: 
Michele Huitric (huitric.michele@epa.gov)

SAN FRANCISCO – On Wednesday, November 30, Matthew Tejada, director of U.S. EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, will join state and local leaders to highlight the importance of reducing chemical exposure for nail salon workers. EPA will also announce the award of an Environmental Justice grant to Asian Health Services, a partner with the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, to pilot a microloan program that will help salon owners achieve “healthy nail salon” standards.

Nail salon workers face unique environmental and health challenges from prolonged exposure to chemicals known or suspected to be carcinogenic and reproductively harmful. Operating throughout California, the Healthy Nail Salon program was created to address the impact of long-term chemical exposure on employees.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
10:30-11:00 AM
  • Matthew Tejada, Director, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. EPA
  • Ana Mascareñas, Assistant Director for Environmental Justice, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • Julia Liou, Director of Program Planning and Development, Asian Health Services and Co-founder, California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
  • Lan-Ahn Truong, Owner, LeAnn’s Nails
  • Agnes Cheung, Director of Business Lending, Working Solutions
Brief remarks followed by a tour of LeAnn’s Nails, focusing on the equipment and practices that make it a certified Healthy Nail Salon.    
LeAnn’s Nails, 1612 Webster Street, Alameda, CA 94501
Parking available on streets around the salon.
Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, or for more information, please contact Michele Huitric, huitric.michele@epa.gov, 415-972-3165.

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