Monday, June 4, 2001

EPA, CDC TO LAUD ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT AT SOLEDAD PRISON

Landmark program to protect air, water while training new job force
SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Corrections officials will join state and local representatives tomorrow at Correctional Training Facility at Soledad to showcase the first program in the country where inmates are using an environmentally responsible alternative to dry cleaning as part of its vocational training program.

WHO: U.S EPA Regional Air Director Jack Broadbent
Superintendent of Correctional Education Yvette Page, CDC
Correctional Training Facility Warden Jim Hamlet
State Senator Richard G. Polanco (invited)
State Senator Bruce McPherson (invited)
Assemblymember Simon Salinas
Soledad Mayor Richard Ortiz

WHAT: Media Event, Site Tour

WHERE: Correctional Training Facility at Soledad

WHEN: 11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 5

VISUALS: Following brief presentations by several officials, there will be a tour of the vocational training facility, where media can view the inmates at work on the project.

NOTE: If you plan on attending the event, contact Javier Aboytes at 831/678-5952 now for clearance.

CONTACT: Leo Kay, EPA, 415/744-2201
Terry Thornton, CDC, 916/445-4950
Javier Aboytes, CTF at Soledad, 831/678-5952