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E-M:/ March 31: Robert Kennedy Jr speaking at Alma College
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- Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 16:10:13 -0500
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I am notifying all Michigan environmentalists about
an opportunity to hear Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speak
at Alma College. I am including a press release.
Contact: Skip Traynor
Media Relations Editor
(989) 463-7232 or email@example.com #040201 GE
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Deliver Alma College Honors
8pm March 31 in the Cappaert Gymnasium
Emphasizing Alma College's mission to live
responsibly as stewards of the world we bequeath to
future generations, the College's Honors Day
Committee has chosen Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to
deliver the annual Honors Day Address March 31. He
will receive an honorary degree April 1 from Alma
College during Honors Day Convocation.
Kennedy's front-line battle to save the environment
runs parallel to the fight by Alma College faculty
and students and community members to set a new
course for the health of the Pine River in Gratiot
County. In The Riverkeepers, a book Kennedy
co-authored with John Cronin, the environmentalists
wrote, "On behalf of their community they (New
York's Hudson River Valley residents) challenged a
status quo that said all was expendable in the name
of business and profit. And they changed the destiny
of a major American River."
Alma College has built a reputation for developing
community-based responses to local environmental
problems and Kennedy's visit can help draw attention
to some of the more serious issues, such as the
Superfund cleanup sites at the former Velsicol
Chemical plant in St. Louis and the closed Gratiot
County Landfill. Alma College students and faculty
have adopted the Pine River as a cause and are
attempting to reverse half a century of
environmental abuse of the watershed.
College research and activism led to the formation
of the Pine River Superfund Task Force, a community
advisory group (CAG), that has forced State and
Federal agencies to alter consent judgments, adjust
cleanup plans and ensure citizen input in protecting
the community's environmental health.
When the EPA began a river cleanup to remove DDT in
1998, faculty-directed student research and input
from the CAG proved to be a thorn in the side of the
Environmental Protection Agency and the State
Department of Environmental Quality, but a champion
for the county's citizens.
Science student and faculty research forced the EPA
to follow up on complaints of environmental
contamination by Total Petroleum Co. resulting in
the cleanup of one of the river's major tributaries.
-More-Mobilizing public participation in the policy
process, Alma political science majors and faculty
were able to stop a flawed consent agreement.
Refusing to be excluded, CAG members had major input
into choosing more sensible, albeit costlier,
The CAG is pushing State and Federal agencies to
clean for redevelopment the 52-acres of riverside
land that has been the site of a chemical plant
since 1935. The clay-capped, closed property is
leaking an organic chemical cocktail of non-aqueous
phase liquid (NAPL) consisting of DDT and
chlorobenzene. The site is full of Polybromated
biphenyls (PBB), Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB),
Hexabromobenzene (HBB), Chromium IV and Lead.
"The task force and the College are determined to
use their resources to bring about the region's
transformation from symbol of environmental abuse to
one of good environmental stewardship," as stated on
the Pine River Environmental Project Website.
Earning a reputation as a resolute defender of the
environment "whose message supercedes his golden
name," according to Successful Meetings magazine,
Kennedy has prosecuted governments and corporations
for water pollution; argued cases to expand
citizens' access to shorelines; and sued sewage
treatment plants to comply with the Clean Water Act.
The New York City watershed agreement, which he
negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and city
watershed consumers, is regarded as an international
model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and
Kennedy is the chief prosecuting attorney for the
Riverkeepers and senior attorney for the Natural
Resources Defense Council. He is a clinical
professor and supervising attorney for Pace
University School of Law in New York. He has worked
on environmental issues across America and has
assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America
and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties
protecting traditional homelands.
A graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy studied at
the London School of Economics and received his law
degree from the University of Virginia Law School.
He received a master's degree in environmental law
from Pace University School of Law.
Alma College - A College of Distinction - is a
four-year, liberal arts and sciences college in the
middle of Michigan's lower peninsula offering a
personalized education with uncommon opportunities
that results in a life of extraordinary
achievements. Founded in 1886 by the Presbyterian
Church, Alma's mission is to prepare graduates who
think critically, serve generously, lead
purposefully and live responsibly as stewards of the
world they bequeath to future generations.
Alma College Media Relations Editor
(989) 463-7232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alma College - a College of Distinction
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