Thursday, May 27, 2010

NEJAC Public Teleconference Meeting June 15, 2010

Registration Now Open‏

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a Public Teleconference Meeting June 15, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (Eastern) to discuss EPA’s response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast, and NEJAC’s continued interest in the effects of such disasters on surrounding communities, NEJAC will host a public teleconference call on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. The primary purpose of the call is to discuss EPA’s activities related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including cleanup and recovery actions, and the impacts of the spill on coastal environmental justice communities. There will be a public comment period from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are invited to provide comments relevant to the topic of this teleconference meeting. Specifically, the NEJAC is seeking input about:

(1) The scope of disaster preparedness efforts within communities.
(2) How should EPA engage other federal, state, tribal, and local governments to ensure that coastal planning and protection efforts are a high priority.
(3) How should EPA engage communities around the environmental cleanup and recovery actions.

A finite number of telephone lines will be reserved for the call. Registration is required. Full capacity is anticipated, so you are highly encouraged to register early.

Meeting Registration: Registration is required for everyone (including EPA and other federal employees). The registration deadline is Noon (12:00 p.m.) Eastern Time on Friday, June 11, 2010.

There are two easy ways to register:

By E-mail: Send an e-mail with “Register for the June NEJAC Teleconference” in the subject line. Please provide your name, organization, e-mail and telephone number for future follow-up as necessary.

By Phone or Fax: Send a fax (please print), or leave a message, with your name, organization, address, e-mail and telephone number to 877-773-1489.

Public Comment Period

In addition to presentations and discussions by community representatives, EPA senior management, and NEJAC members, there will be a public comment period.
Approximately 1.5 hours of the 3-hour call will be devoted to the public comment period.
You must pre-register to provide comments.

All comments will be limited to five minutes to ensure that as many participants as possible wishing to provide a comment may do so. Only one representative of a community, organization or group will be allowed to speak.

Written comments can also be submitted for the record.

The suggested format for individuals providing public comments is as follows: Name of Speaker, Name of Organization/Community, Address/Telephone/E-mail, Description of Concern, and Recommendations or desired outcome.

Written comments received by Noon (12:00 p.m.) Eastern Time on Friday, June 11, 2010, will be included in the materials distributed to the members of the NEJAC. Written comments received after that time will be provided to the NEJAC as logistics allow. All written comments should be sent to NEJAC.

For more information, please contact EPA Support Contractor, APEX Direct Inc., at 877-773-1489.

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