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Lisa Arkin, Executive Director
Beyond Toxics
Phone 541-465-8860
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NEWS RELEASE – Dec. 6, 2017

Community Roundtable Discussion with the Environmental Justice Task Force
Hosted by Beyond Toxics and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

SALEM, ORE — Beyond Toxics and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon will host an Environmental Justice Roundtable in Salem on Thursday, December 7th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Salem office of SEIU Local 503 (1730 Commercial St., SE, Salem, Oregon 97302).

The first hour will be spent defining for participants what environmental justice is. The second hour will be set aside as a community forum, providing a way for members of the public to meet and chat with members of the statewide Environmental Justice Task Force* and share what environmental justice issues they face in their community. Members of the public are encouraged to come prepared to tell their personal stories. Translation services will be provided.

What is the meeting about?
Topics for the meeting can include any of the following and much more:

  • Aerial pesticide spraying in rural communities from forest activities on public and private land.
  • Drinking water contamination concerns
  • Work place toxic exposure (mills, farms, forests, hotels, etc.)
  • Fossil fuel infrastructure (LNG, pipelines, oil trains, etc.)
  • Air Pollution and Water Pollution of all kinds
  • Ways state agencies can meet environmental justice needs and goals

For more details: Contact Beyond Toxics: Lisa Arkin or Ana Molina: 541-465-8860 or Maria Hernandez at OPAL: (503) 774-4503 | maria@opalpdx.org

* The Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) was created by the Legislature to help protect Oregonians from disproportionate environmental impacts on minority, rural and low-income populations. The Task Force consist of 12 members appointed by the Governor. The members report directly to the Governor and her staff on environmental issues that impact vulnerable communities. The EJTF directs state agencies to give all people knowledge and access to improve decisions that affect the environment and the health of all Oregonians.

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Beyond Toxics’ Mission

Beyond Toxics works to guarantee environmental protections and health for all communities and residents, regardless of their background, income or where their home is located. We expose root causes of toxic pollution and help communities find solutions that are appropriate to their needs.

Beyond Toxics’ Promise
Beyond Toxics will act responsibly and aggressively to protect the public and the environment from toxic poisoning.

Beyond Toxics’ Vision
We envision a future in which all Oregonians:

Know about the pollutants they are exposed to in our air, water, food and consumer products; the sources of those pollutants; and the health impacts of short and long term exposure.

Guarantee an equal right for each and every human to have clean air, clean water, unpolluted soils, safe consumer products and a healthy community in which to live.

Prioritize a child’s health as the standard by which decisions are made regarding the use and disposal of toxic chemicals.

Choose the least toxic alternatives available for products used in homes, businesses and public facilities.

Participate actively in decision-making processes that impact public and environmental health.

 Hold our elected officials and regulatory agencies accountable to enforce environmental protection, pollution prevention and clean-up laws.

Hold our elected officials and regulatory agencies accountable to promoting laws, policies and technologies that provide protections for environmental and human health.

What We Do
Beyond Toxics was founded in 2000 and has since played a unique organizing role in Oregon: we put equal emphasis (and equal resources) into environmental justice engagement and community-based environmental research with the intent to influence state policy reform. We fulfill our mission by building social justice concerns into all environmental decision-making, thereby uniting the goals of human rights and environmental protection in all our work.

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