May 20, 2010 9:43 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Seventy-five graduates of a training program
run by environmental justice centers in New Orleans and Atlanta are
now working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup - a half-dozen
of them as supervisors.
Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
and Clark Atlanta University's Environmental Justice Resource
Center have given environmental clean-up courses for 15 years.
Myra Lewis, assistant director of Dillard's center, says the
graduates work for companies cleaning beaches in Alabama,
Mississippi and Florida.
Lewis says most were trained in New Orleans or Hattieburg,
Miss., but others took classes in Baton Rouge, La., and Atlanta and
Lewis says programs include a 40-hour hazardous waste worker
certification that is standard for oil spill cleanup.