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EPA WANTS TO HEAR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

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March 13, 2003 – Community members concerned about environmental issues in the Virgin Islands will have an opportunity on Monday evening to share their views with federal government officials on St. Croix.
The Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator for the Virgin Islands, Jane Kenny, will be at the University of the Virgin Islands for the community dialogue forum from 7 to 9 p.m.
"Through this interactive process," an EPA release said, "government officials are able to gather and collect information directly from the communities related to their environmental, health and related quality-of-life concerns."
The forum also is intended to help inform residents about the role of government in addressing environmental issues. General topics include air quality, drinking water, sewage, and other wastewater and solid-waste management in the Virgin Islands.
Representatives of community organizations as well as interested individuals are encouraged to come prepared to present their concerns both verbally and in written form. Speakers are asked to provide their name and that of any entity they represent and to limit their remarks to three minutes.
The forum is being co-sponsored by the UVI Cooperative Extension Service. It will take place in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center.
A similar hearing will be held on St. Thomas at a time and place to be announced. For more information, call local EPA coordinator Jim Casey at 714-2333 or UVI's Clarice Clark at 692-4060.

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