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EPA Workshop Puts Focus On Environmental Justice In Kentucky

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Environmental Protection Agency representatives will be in Louisville Friday for a workshop on environmental justice designed for people on every side of the issue.

Environmental justice refers to the fair treatment of everyone, regardless of race or income, on environmental issues. Historically, many environmental issues in the U.S. have disproportionately affected people of color and low-income residents.

Daphne Wilson is a pollution prevention coordinator with the EPA’s Region 4. She said the workshop is customized for Kentucky and is meant for everyone from regulators to industry representatives to concerned residents.

The workshop will cover the best practices for addressing environmental justice concerns, reasons why regulators and industries might want to consider environmental justice in their processes, techniques for community engagement and effective communication among stakeholders.

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus. For more details, go here.

Erica Peterson is WFPL's Director of News and Programming.