Environmental Quality Conference to Convene in Tulsa during May

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The second statewide Conference on Environmental Quality is being planned for May 13-14 in Tulsa.

Members of the conference planning committee will meet Monday in the state capital, said Dr. Bailus Walker, dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health and chairman of the planning committee for the 1994 Oklahoma Conference on Environmental Quality.

The first conference was in Oklahoma City and was so productive that state leaders requested another conference for 1994, Walker said.

"Few would disagree that environmental health, environmental protection and economic growth development will continue to be among the highest priorities on the state agenda _ as well as national and international agendas _ in the months ahead," Walker said. "This was evident in the recent debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement."

Walker served as technical adviser to members of Congress on the environmental health aspects of NAFTA.

"The public and private sectors of Oklahoma have played important catalytic and constructive roles in securing significant achievements in environmental quality and environmental health," he said. "Our work, however, is incomplete.

"The 1994 conference will concern what more must be done and describe promising new approaches to such issues as waste recycling and disposal, conservation of natural resources, indoor air quality and water resources issues, and enhancing the quality of the domestic environment within the larger context of the global environment. …