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JSU To Participate in White House Environmental Roundtable

December 11, 2003 -- A “roundtable discussion” organized by the White House will include JSU’s Environmental Policy and Information Center (EPIC) as a co-host on December 11th and 12th in Memphis, Tennessee. “I’m honored to have been invited to participate by my good friend, colleague, Anniston native and JSU alumni, Ray Clark,” said Pete Conroy, Director of JSU’s EPIC.

The event is one of four being planned by The Clark Group, who was asked by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to convene national experts to evaluate the effectiveness a cornerstone environmental law known as NEPA or the National Environmental Policy Act. Previously, CEQ and the Clark Group convened panels in Squaxin Island, Washington and Philadelphia. After the new year, they will convene a final roundtable in Colorado.

In 2002, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) established a Task Force to review current practices and recommend ways to make NEPA work better. The Task Force published a report, Modernizing NEPA Implementation, with recommendations to CEQ on making it more effective, efficient, and timely.

“It’s this report that will be reviewed by these Roundtables and I’m glad to have a truly diverse panel helping us to examine its effectiveness”, said Clark. I am pleased that I was able to include Pete and JSU in this national effort”, Clark added. Pete has contributed and continues to contribute to the preservation of Alabama’s communities and its environment and we think he has a valuable voice at this roundtable”.

Enacted in 1969, NEPA establishes a national policy designed to achieve productive harmony among our environmental, economic and social objectives. Conroy says that the NEPA process is “both important and cumbersome, but with continued analysis from the agencies, environmentalists, and business, its implementation can be improved, not made perfect, but certainly improved”.

JSU joins the Southern Environmental Law Center and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science in co-hosting the upcoming roundtable. Additional information is available at http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/ntf/.


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