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