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Virtual Symposium East Palestine 6 Months After


Aug 3, 2023


12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



                                                                                August 3, 2023 12pm-5pm EDT

This virtual symposium will examine how life has changed for the people of East Palestine and nearby communities six months following the catastrophic train derailment; review the available science, what we still don’t know, and what is needed to bridge the gap; examine policy options to prevent future disasters, ensure that polluters are held responsible, and protect communities and workers; and develop plans for coordinated action. Participants will break into subgroups to identify action steps and priorities to support impacted communities and reduce the likelihood of similar events in the future.




12:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
Panel 1 Voices from East Palestine: Residents talk about the immediate aftermath of the derailment and how their lives have changed.

Misti Allison | Lead, Public Health of East Palestine Unity Council

Hilary Flint | Vice President of East Palestine Unity Council

Zsuzsa Gyenes | Lead, Community Engagement of East Palestine Unity Council

Amanda Kemmer | Volunteer of East Palestine Unity Council 

Moderated by Audrey Tran Lam | Center for Energy & Environmental Education at University of Northern Iowa

Panel 2 Researchers Panel: What do we know? What do we need to know?

Dr. Erin Haynes | Deuche Professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the        University of Kentucky, College of Public Health

Molly Jacobs | Director of Applied Research at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dr. Andrew Whelton | Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Ecological Engineering at Purdue University

Moderated by Dr. Ted Schettler | Science Director at Science and Environmental Health Network

Panel 3 Policy panel: How do we prevent similar events in the future? How do we increase accountability and transparency?

Jacquelyn Omotalade | Climate Investments National Director for Dream.Org

Glenn Olcerst | Rail Pollution Protection Pittsburgh (RPS)’s General Counsel

Senator Katie Muth | PA District 44

Moderated by Saleem Chapman | Policy + Legal Engagement Manager for Cancer Free Economy Network

Breakouts Discussions: Policy advocacy, science advocacy, connecting impacted communities and workers
Reports back and close at 5:00 ET


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