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The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
2859 Scotland Road
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201

First Statewide Conference on the Land Application of Sewage Sludge

to be held in Carlisle on August 3rd:

"Protecting Communities from Land Applied Sewage Sludge"


CONTACT: Thomas Linzey, Esq.
(717) 709-0457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carlisle - Several statewide environmental and local government organizations announced today the hosting of the first statewide mini-conference to address the dangers of the land application of sewage sludge. Specifically, the event will provide updates on Township Ordinances, and will feature several prominent community activists working to ban the land application of certain types of sewage sludge within the state. The conference will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Carlisle, on Saturday, August 3rd from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The conference will provide municipal officials and concerned citizens with the latest information about the dangers of the land application of sewage sludge, and the latest legal tools which have been prepared for Township governments to protect communities from sludge.

The conference is being hosted by the Quality of Life and Local Control Caucus of Township Supervisors, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Network. All three groups have been working on sludge issues for the past several years.

Featured speakers at the event will include Russell and Antoinette Pennock from Berks County, whose son died after being exposed to land applied sewage sludge. They will speak about their experiences with sludge, the role of the Department of Environmental Protection, and the death of their son.
Speakers at the event will also include several attorneys working to develop legal tools to be used by Township governments to control the land application of sludge, E. Thomas Kuhn, the Executive Director (D) of the House of Representatives' Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, several community activists, and two representatives of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).

Handouts at the conference will include sludge Ordinances, materials on sludge, and information about the latest court cases and legislation dealing with municipal attempts to control sludge spreading. Several question and answer sessions will enable attendees to interact with the presenters.

Space at the conference is limited. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP to the Legal Defense Fund at (717) 709-0457 or to townshipscaucus@yahoo.com . Lunch will not be provided, but refreshments will be available throughout the event.

The agenda for the forum is as follows:

AGENDA

"Protecting Pennsylvania Communities From Land Applied Sewage Sludge"
The Clarion Hotel and Convention Center
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Saturday, August 3, 2002
12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Network (PEN),
the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
and The Quality of Life and Local Control Caucus of Township Supervisors

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Registration

12:00 Noon:
Welcome and Introductions,
Thomas Linzey, CELDF

I. Protecting Our Communities, Our Workers, and Our Children from Land Applied Sewage Sludge
- Sandy Smith (York County) - of PEN's Sludge Team.
Sandy will explain the process by which sludge is processed and land applied, why sludge is dangerous, and why Pennsylvania's "beneficial use" sludge spreading program fails to protect communities.
- James LaMont and Rich Kulick - of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).
Jim and Rich will speak about the UMWA's position on the land application of sewage sludge to mine reclamation sites, and impacts to UMWA workers from sludge exposure.
- Len Martin (Centre County) - a community leader and small business owner from Rush Township, Centre County, and part of PEN's Sludge Team.
Len will speak about the death of Tony Behun, a Centre County boy who died after being exposed to sewage sludge, and Len's inv olvement in raising the dangers of sludge to legislators, reporters, and agencies.

Each speaker will be followed by a Question and Answer session

Russell and Antoinette Pennock (Berks County)
- The Pennocks will speak about the death of their son, Daniel, after his exposure to land applied sludge, and their attempts to obtain justice on behalf of their son.

2:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.: Break
II. Seeking Community, Legislative, and Local Solutions: Working to Build Sustainable Communities

- Vicki and Bill Smedley (Lycoming County) - of PEN and Greenwatch, Inc.
Bill and Vicki will speak about strategies for organizing communities around sewage sludge issues, and how PEN can assist communities in working to control the land application of sewage sludge.

- E. Thomas Kuhn - Executive Director (D) for the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
Thomas will speak about recent legislative efforts to confront the land application of sewage sludge.

- Dan Brannen, Esq. (Centre County) -
the attorney and Haines Township, Centre County Supervisor who developed the "tipping fee" sludge Ordinance which has been adopted by five Pennsylvania Townships in three Counties. Brannen will speak about the Ordinance and recent developments in the Synagro Corporation's lawsuit against the Rush Township, Centre County Supervisors.

- Tom Linzey, Esq. (Franklin County) - an attorney and President of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), an organization working with communities and local governments in Pennsylvania to assert local control over factory farm and sludge corporations.
Linzey will speak about Senate Bill 1413, recent developments concerning the Bill, and the issue of corporate power versus local governments.

Each speaker will be followed by a Question and Answer session, in which attendees of the event can query each speaker with questions facing their community.
4:00 p.m. Closing
Refreshments are available for all participants, and the Conference Room has been rented for the entire day to give attendees an opportunity to discuss issues with panelists after the conclusion of the Conference.


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