While Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has said that cleaning up toxic Superfund sites is one of his top priorities, the Trump Administration's proposed budget would cut the EPA's Superfund remediation budget by more than 30 percent. Failure to prioritize resources for cleaning up toxic messes has had devastating impacts on our drinking water, air, and communities' health. Furthermore, nationwide, communities of color disproportionately bear the unjust burden of having toxic waste sites near them, contributing to racial disparities in asthma and cancer rates in our country. If we don't invest in cleaning up now, matters will only get worse.
The tour will begin with a lunch briefing on Superfund sites in the St. Louis area. We will hear remarks from Rev. Dr. John Shear, pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Sister Jeanne Derer of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, and Dawn Chapman of JustMoms STL. Prayers will be offered by Sr. Corlita Bonnarens, RSM and Jennifer Reyes-Lay. We will then visit the WestLake Superfund site for prayer and reflection. Gas masks will be provided for attendees, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.
Please join us for this important prayer event as we highlight the need to protect communities from toxic pollution and urge Congress to fully fund the EPA and its Superfund Program. RSVP to Shantha Ready Alonso at email@example.com
Karen Nickel (pictured right) is a wife, mother and grandmother doing everything she can to protect her children and community from radioactive waste. She is the founder of the the West Lake Landfill Facebook group, and Co-founder of Just Moms STL. Karen grew up exposed to the radioactive Coldwater Creek site, and for the past twenty years, she has lived 1.8 miles away from the West Lake – Bridgeton Landfill Superfund Site. For Karen, working with Just Moms is what “SHE HAS TO BE” doing to protect her family and future generations.