Actions and Detail Panel
Trouble Below: Environmental Justice and Community Economic Development
Sat, 27 August 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
A Super Fund site is a site on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priority List which contains the most polluted sites in the country and begins the process of testing and cleanup.
In 2014 the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) submitted the site to the EPA because of hazardous chemicals detected in 2 of Citizens drinking wells.
Recently Citizens Energy, the City of Indianapolis and IDEM have proposed an alternative plan to the Super Fund arguing that the stigma of Super Fund would halt development.
- Pros and cons of the EPA Superfund to address the contamination
- Pros and cons of alternatives to the EPA Superfund
- How will the important issue of equity for residents in this community be addressed in each approach?
MEET THE PANEL
Denise-Abdul Rahman, NAACP
Abdul-Rahman’s main passion everyday is working toward a vision that eliminates environmental injustice and increases clean energy, healthy, thriving, resistant and sustainable communities.
She serves as the NAACP Indiana as an Environmental Climate Justice Chair, as well as, Climate Justice Alliance Steering Committee (Our Power Plan EPA Region V Organizer), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (Credentialed Delegate to Paris COP 21), USCAN 2016 Conference Steering Committee, RE-AMP, Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Selection Advisory Committee 2015, Hoosier Sierra Club Executive Committee Member, Earth Charter Indiana Board Member, and Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Board Member.
Nuria Muñiz, US Environmental Protection Agency
Nuria Muñiz is the National Priorities List Coordinator, Remeidal Response Program, Superfund Division USEPA Chicago. She will give EPA’s perspective on the project, provide information on the Superfund program and answer questions. Two additional EPA staff will attend to support: Denise Boone Section Chief and Katherine Thomas Remedial Project Manager of Superfund Division USEPA Chicago.
Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI
Gabriel Filippelli studies contamination issues in soils and water in cities, with a special passion for connecting people with their environment using a Citizen Scientist approach. Most of Gabe’s work in Indianapolis has been on lead contamination and lead poisoning in children, including strategies for identifying environmental inequality and combating it through research and partnerships. Gabe heads up the Safe Urban Gardening Initiative, a community-based campaign to help people grow food sustainably and safely in their own backyards and neighborhoods. Gabe is a Professor of Earth Sciences and Directs the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI.
Alvin Sangsuwangul, Riverside Resident, Kheprw Institute
Alvin Sangsuwangul is a resident of the Riverside Neighborhood and has attended and engaged in many of the neighborhood meetings around this issues. He is also a leader within the Kheprw Institute (KI) and has worked to further KI’s mission to support communities fighting for environmental and social justice and to provide space for critical conversations. He grew up in Indianapolis, graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and has worked as an activist and advocate for environmental justice and human rights across the country and abroad in San Bernardino, Eastern Kentucky and Thailand.
Dan Considine, Citizens Energy Group
Dan Considine, Manager, Corporate Communications at Citizens Energy Group. Considine is responsible for corporate communications strategy and public relations for Citizens.