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THURSDAY: EPA to Honor 17 Environmental Job Training Program Graduates in Columbus, Miss.

Contact Information: 
Davina Marraccini (marraccini.davina@epa.gov)
404-562-8293, 404-562-8400

ATLANTA - On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will recognize graduates from the Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI) during a ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. at the Genesis Dream Center in Columbus, Miss.

The SuperJTI program was offered to local residents near the Kerr McGee Chemical Superfund Site to prepare participants for environmental jobs. The graduates will be prepared to work in positions with site contractors and off-site employers in the community.

Superfund Job Training Initiative Graduation - Kerr McGee Chemical Superfund Site, Columbus, Miss.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. CST

Genesis Dream Center
1820 23rd St. N
Columbus, Mississippi

***Credentialed members of the media must RSVP to Davina Marraccini at 404-562-8293 or marraccini.davina@epa.gov. The event is not open to the public.

SuperJTI is a job readiness program that provides training and employment opportunities for people living in communities affected by Superfund sites. Many of these areas are Environmental Justice (EJ) communities - historically under-represented minority and low-income neighborhoods and areas burdened with significant environmental challenges. EPA's goal is to help these communities develop job opportunities that remain long after a Superfund site has been cleaned up.

EPA offers SuperJTI through its Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) contract. This national contract provides job training to communities affected by hazardous waste sites regulated by the Superfund and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act programs, as well as federal facility and tribal removal sites.

More information about the Kerr McGee Chemical Superfund Site in Columbus, Miss.: http://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0402489

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