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Reissue: EPA Administrator Jackson to Lead U.S. Delegation to Annual G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Siracusa, Italy / Administrator to participate in meetings on children’s health and the environment, climate change and biodiversity

Release Date: 04/20/2009
Contact Information: Betsaida Alcantara, 202-564-1692 / 4355 /

(Washington, DC -- April 20, 2009) U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is scheduled to lead the U.S. delegation to the Group of Eight Environment Ministers Meeting held this year in Siracusa, Italy. This marks her first international trip as EPA Administrator. Administrator Jackson will represent the United States among Environment Ministers from the Group of Eight (Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Canada, and Russia) as well as 12 additional Environment Ministers and leaders of international organizations from around the world.

Administrator Jackson will be an active participant in the meetings, which provide an opportunity for an in depth exchange of views.

U.S.-based press interested in attending should apply for media credentials through the G8 Environment Meeting’s official Web site at

Satellite uplink will be available for live broadcasts, audio-video recordings and events. Reservations to use satellite uplink and editing facilities should be made as soon as possible through the G8 Environment Ministry’s press office.

Who: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

What: G8 Environment Ministers Meeting

Thursday, 23 April 2009
Afternoon session: Working Session 3: Climate Change Actions

Friday, 24 April 2009
Morning session: Working Session 4: Children’s Health and the Environment

Presentation of Chair’s Summary

Press Conference

When: Thursday, April 23 - Friday, April 24

Where: Castello Maniace (Via Castello di Maniace, 51) on the island of Ortigia in Siracusa, Italy. The
nearest airport is Catania Fontanarossa.