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Tonight: Join the Virtual Town Hall to Speak with DEP
This event provides an opportunity for you to bring any questions, concerns or issues straight to the Office of the Environmental Advocate. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please register here. You may ask your question at the meeting or submit it in advance to email@example.com. The town hall kicks off with information about a DEP-hosted September 23 virtual public meeting on the risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions in Kanawha Valley communities. Learn more about the DEP’s outreach in this matter here and see the September 23 entry below for more information on how to join that meeting.
OVEC is a member group of the WV Environmental Council.
Redistricting Hearings: Don’t Let Politicians Separate Our Communities
Submit your written comments here or sign up to participate in one of three virtual public hearings scheduled for September 20, 21 and 22. If you want to speak at one of the hearings, you have to sign up tomorrow, September 17. Read more and obtain the sign-up details here, from WV Citizen Action Group, one of our partners in the WV Citizens for Clean Elections.
September 17: Find Out Why CCS is a Mess!
In this webinar, a leading climate scientist and engineer, a biologist, a physician, and a community organizer will describe the hazards and risks associated with plans of the fossil fuel industry to capture, transport and store CO2. Is it really a climate solution? How does it work? What are the economics and who is paying for it? Is this the best alternative? What do we need to know to make informed decisions about climate change?
Find out more about this briefing and register here.
And, be sure to check out OVEC volunteer Dr. Randi Pokladnik’s recent blog on CCS here.
September 23: Virtual Community Meeting about Ethylene Oxide
According to the US EPA’s 2014 National Air Toxics Assessment for ethylene oxide (EtO) air emissions, residents living near and across the Kanawha River from the Institute and South Charleston chemical plants have among the highest risks of cancers of the white blood cells and breast cancer in females. EtO is a mutagen meaning children may be more susceptible.
This meeting to inform members of the community, public officials, and members of community organizations about ethylene oxide and known health effects, uses of ethylene oxide, and what can be done to improve community safety.
More information here.
Be sure to check out two recent Charleston Gazette articles that give much more background and highlight the long-term work on issues of chemicals safety (or lack thereof!) in our region, by the accomplished, indefatigable community advocate Pam Nixon:
EPA, DEP reassessing high Kanawha cancer risks from air toxics after review of Union Carbide emissions
High cancer risk from Union Carbide emissions in Kanawha persists, analysis suggested workplace study