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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Environmental Justice Advocates to Discuss New Report Entitled: "Now is the Time: Environmental Injustice in the U.S. and Recommendations for Eliminating Disparities"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY   

Contact:              
Stacie B. Royster
(202) 662-8317
sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org

 Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Environmental Justice
Advocates to Discuss New Report Entitled: "Now is the Time: Environmental Injustice in the U.S. and Recommendations for Eliminating Disparities"

*** Environmental Justice Experts Host Press Conference Call
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 1 to 2 p.m. EST
Dial in: 800-895-0231; Conference ID: 7REPORT

Washington, D.C. - The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law officially releases its report, "Now is the Time:  Environmental Injustice in the U.S. and Recommendations for Eliminating Disparities."  The report is the culmination of a year-long collaborative effort with environmental justice organizations and environmental advocates.  Presented to the Obama Administration and its various agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, the report outlines recommendations on how the Administration can effectively utilize existing law to eliminate disparities in environmental protection and the agencies can fulfill their responsibilities under Executive Order 12898, "Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice In Minority Populations And Low-Income Populations." 

The far-reaching report incorporates the work of the environmental justice community over the past 10 years. "This is an important step in an ongoing dialogue with the Administration, federal agencies and members of Congress to effect necessary environmental policy changes, especially in communities of color and low-income and indigenous communities disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards nationwide," said Daria Neal, senior counsel, Lawyers' Committee Environmental Justice Project, and co-author of the report.

WHAT: 
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and environmental justice advocates will host an audio press conference to discuss "Now is the Time:  Environmental Injustice in the U.S. and Recommendations for Eliminating Disparities" and recommendations on how to reform the legal system to protect underserved communities environmental injustices.

WHO:    
Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee
Daria Neal, Environmental Justice Project Senior Counsel, Lawyers' Committee, and Co-Author of "Now is the Time"
Vernice Miller-Travis, Co-Author of "Now is the Time", Environmental Justice Advocate and Lawyers' Committee Consultant (Tentative)

WHEN:   July 20, 2010 from 1 to 2 P.M. EST

RSVP:     July 16, 2010
to Stacie Royster, sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org

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