Birmingham Councilwoman to participate in national EPA meeting

Birmingham City Councilwoman Maxine Herring Parker will speak about community collaboration Wednesday in Boston.

She will join a panel of speakers at{}the Environmental Protection Agency's Community Involvement Training Conference. She will be joined by Stephanie Brown of EPA Region 4 and Carolyn Hunter of Tetra Tech, Inc., in discussing Collaborating for Success in an Environmental Justice Community - 35th Avenue Site.

Parker has worked along with city leaders to bring residents together in Collegeville, Harriman Park, North Birmingham and Fairmont, who have been impacted by industrial pollution in the 35th Avenue Superfund site.

"It has been imperative that we work together to ensure that all residents in these four neighborhoods have access to proper testing to determine exposure to pollution and the impact it has had on them and their property," Councilor Parker said in a press release.

Parker's presentation will include information about the community coalition and partnerships with resources including the City of Birmingham, the UAB School of Public Health and the Jefferson County Health Department. She will also discuss enhancing communities in the 35th Avenue Superfund site.