West Virginia NAACP to Release Report on Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs in West Virginia‏

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On Thursday, July 17, 2014, the NAACP West Virginia State Conference will host a press conference to discuss the release of their new report, “Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs – West Virginia Report”, which assesses energy policy in the State of West Virginia through a civil rights lens. The report provides analysis of West Virginia’s energy sector policies based on environmental, human health, and economic impacts and lays a path for preserving the wellbeing of the community while creating economic enterprise opportunities.

“OVEC applauds NAACP’s release of this report. NAACP’s long-standing commitment to foster a more just world helps to inspire OVEC's environmental justice work.  The policies proposed in this report could help speed the transformation of West Virginia's energy sector, from its present unjust practices which heap pollution onto local low-income communities, to one that promotes a healthy and diverse economy, respectful of the environment and all peoples, ” states Janet Keating, Executive Director, Ohio Valley Environmental Council

“At a time when there is growing recognition that West Virginia is at the nexus between climate change impacts and the opportunities to forge new, safer and cleaner pathways for energy production, the NAACP is compelled to advance a justice and equity based analysis of our energy choices and effects on community well-being, and the environment on which we all rely for our existence,” states Sylvia Ridgeway, NAACP West Virginia President


Sylvia Ridgeway, President, NAACP West Virginia State Conference

Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP National Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Kenneth Hale, President, NAACP West Virginia Political Action Chair and Charleston Branch

Janet Keating, Executive Director, Ohio Valley Environmental Council


July 17th 2014, 10am-11am

State Capital Grounds, West Virginia Culture Center Front Steps –

1900 Kanawha Boulevard East

Charleston WV 25305-0300

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