Thursday, March 29, 2007

First Day of Conference A Complete Success

Hundreds of people have registered and the first day of The State of Environental Justice in America 2007 Conference was well organized, informative and completely successful. The health sessions were dynamic and the nuclear power roundtable featured a unique group of panelists. It was the first time nuclear power has been discussed at an environmental justice conference. Former Congressman Mike Espy and Mayor Amelda Arnold gave moving presentations about the implications of a revival of the nuclear industry for their community in Mississippi.

Kurt L. Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore and Dean of the Howard University School of Law welcomed conference participants at the opening session. He said "This event brings together members of the federal, state and local governmental agencies concerned about environmental issues, environmental organizations, the environmental justice community, academics, business leaders, undergraduate and law students from around the country . We are equally excited about the wide range of topics that will be covered during this conference in a variety of formats including presentations, panel discussions and poster exhibits."

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