WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a briefing to further its 2016 statutory report project on environmental justice. The briefing will examine the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) work under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Order (E.O.) 12,898, with a focus on the civil rights implications of the placement of coal ash disposal facilities near minority and low-income communities.

Panelists will include the EPA's Director of the Office of Civil Rights, Velveta Golightly Howell;  Amelia Shenstone of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; the Executive Director of the American Coal Ash Association (a consortium of Coal Ash producers), Thomas Adams; environmental attorney David Ludder; and Lisa Evans of Earth Justice.


Briefing on Environmental Justice: Toxic Materials, Poor Economies, and the Impact on the Environment of Low-Income, Minority Communities



January 22, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. ET


Please arrive early as seating is limited or participate via teleconference.



U.S. Commission on Civil Rights


1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150


Washington, DC 20425 (Entrance on F Street NW)


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To listen to the Commission's Briefing on January 22, 2016, via telephone, please follow the instructions below:


Dial toll free number (888) 452-4023 FREE; Provide operator conference #1453101.


Introductory Remarks by Chairman: 9:00 a.m.

Presentations: Community Leaders/Advocates Who Have Experienced the Impacts of Environmental Injustices: 9:20 a.m.– 9:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Government Officials: 9:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Panel 2: Health Issues: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel 3: Coal Industry Executives and Advocacy Groups: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Panel 4: Coal Ash Activists/Advocates: 2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Panel 5: Environmental Justice Panel: 4:20 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Adjourn Briefing: 5:45 p.m.

Deaf or hearing-impaired persons who require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pam Dunston at (202) 376-8105.

The public may submit written comments on the topic of the briefing to EJcomments@usccr.gov within 30 days after the briefing.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (http://www.usccr.gov) is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters.