WHEN: Monday April 18th 2016, 5-7pm
WHERE: Juanita Sanchez Education Complex (JSEC)
182 Thurbers Ave, Providence, RI
WHO: The Environmental Justice League of RI (EJLRI) will host a free Port of Providence Community Forum featuring a facilitated discussion with neighborhood residents, elected officials, and government representatives. Keynote panelists include: Curt Spalding, Administrator for EPA New England, Region 1; Leah Bamberger, Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Providence; Vladimir Ibarra, Deputy Director of Providence Emergency Management Agency; Barbara Morin, Principal Environmental Health Risk Assessment Toxicologist at the RI Department of Health.
WHY: EJSCREEN, a new mapping tool from the EPA, shows that neighborhoods next to the Port of Providence are at high risk from environmental hazards and potential disasters. Heavy truck traffic, dangerous chemical and fossil fuel storage facilities, and toxic pollution in the air, soil and water is impacting the health and well-being of the nearby communities of color. Sea level rise and hurricane storm surges are a disaster waiting to happen, next to RI’s largest hospital complex.
ABOUT: Residents, community stakeholders, policy makers, elected officials, and members of the media are invited to join in a discussion about environmental and health issues in the port-impacted neighborhoods of Washington Park and South Providence. Snacks, Spanish-English interpretation, and kids games provided.
Dania Flores-Heagney, Environmental Justice League. Dania@ejlri.org (401) 383-7441
Christina Ergas, Superfund Research Program. Christina_Ergas@Brown.edu (214) 632-4971