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Birmingham City Councilor William Parker, District 4 Residents to Take Part in Environmental Protection Agency Conference

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Thursday, February 18, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – New efforts will be unveiled today concerning revitalization efforts for communities in North Birmingham. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Meeting (EJ IWG) today in the Sam Nunn Federal Building in Atlanta, GA. The EJ IWG will bring together a host of federal, state, and local agencies, along with community residents from District 4 and other key stakeholders to specifically focus on issues affecting the North Birmingham area.

“I am looking forward to the dialogue that will come from this meeting. The entities that will be involved in the discussion today are all vital to the success of this project, and it will be beneficial for us to all sit at the table and outline the next steps for revitalizing Birmingham,” Councilor Parker said. “These meetings also allow us to gain insight from other communities on other initiatives that have worked to bring growth to their neighborhoods, and it is my hope that we will be able to model some of those projects in North Birmingham.”

The North Birmingham IWG has embraced a coordinated approach to work with local stakeholders in developing plans to revitalize the North Birmingham area, specifically, the Collegeville, Fairmont and Harriman Park neighborhoods in Jefferson County, Alabama. The agenda will include updates from representatives from the National EJ IWG, the City of Birmingham and time for the agencies in attendance to share information on resources and technical assistance available to support the needs of North Birmingham.

About the EJ IWG:

The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice was established in 1994, under Executive Order 12898. The role of the EJ IWG is to guide, support and enhance federal environmental justice and community-based activities. EPA Region 4, along with other federal agencies in the Atlanta region, began a Regional EJ IWG focused on North Birmingham in August 2014. The goal of the Regional EJ IWG is to work with other federal agencies to assist with revitalization efforts towards making a visible difference in the communities impacted by potential environmental concerns, blight and degradation.

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.