For immediate release: April 19, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

State Takes Lead in Tackling Issue
of Environmental Justice


An "Environmental Justice Roundtable" will be held to raise awareness about environmental issues while providing input on the subject to the California Energy Commission's Siting Committee.

The Energy Commission is directed by law to site and license power plants in California. The challenges of this mandate include many complex issues - air quality, water and land use planning and environmental justice.

Environmental justice is defined as the "fair treatment for people of all races, cultures and incomes, regarding the development of environmental laws, regulations and policies." It has to do with the fair distribution of the corresponding burdens of traffic, air pollution, noise and other environmental impacts attributed to the construction of facilities, such as power plants in the State.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2000
Where: Board Room, Integrated Waste Management Board 8800 Cal Center Drive, Sacramento
Why: This is a technical round table on federal and state policies regarding environmental justice. The meeting will not reach a set of specific conclusions but will discuss a wide range of topics relating to environmental justice concerns. These include demographic analysis, public participation, health risk assessment and disproportionate impact.

The event sponsored by the Energy Commission and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, will bring together a panel of scientists, environmentalists, consultants, developers and the public.

For further information, visit the Energy Commission's Web Site at:


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