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On Saturday, November 16, more than 100 community activists from across Maine will gather at Colby College in Waterville for Maine Toxics Action 2002, the state’s largest annual environmental conference on toxics and public health. Maine state senator Sharon Treat and Chief Barry Dana of the Penobscot Nation will be the featured speakers. Thirteen workshops will be offered on topics ranging from citizen lobbying to persistent toxins. All events are open to the public. The conference is free of charge for Colby students. Registration is $20 for the general public and $25 at the door. The conference is organized by the Toxics Action Center and is co-sponsored by Colby’s Environmental Studies Program.

9:15 a.m.
Address by Sharon Treat
Treat has been a state senator since 1996. She is the coordinator of the Colby Environmental Studies Program, and her litigation experience includes representing citizens in cases involving air pollution, pesticides and landfill expansion.

9:45 a.m.
Workshops will be held in Lovejoy Building.

11:15 a.m.
Awards will be presented honoring local activists who have worked to protect their neighborhoods from toxic threats.

11:45 a.m.
Clips of the award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl shown.

1:30 p.m.
Address by Barry Dana
Elected chief of the Penobscot Nation in 2000, Dana has been an advocate for the protection of Maine’s natural resources and rivers, most recently in battles to protect the Penobscot River from paper mill discharges.

2:45 p.m.
Workshops will be held in Lovejoy Building.

The Toxics Action Center has helped more than 400 neighborhood groups across New England fight toxic pollution in their communities. The organization works on a variety of issues including cleaning up hazardous waste sites, stopping proposed landfills and incinerators and stopping the spraying of pesticides. For more information on the organization visit its Web site at www.toxicsaction.org or contact Maggie Drummond at 207-871-1810.