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Environmental Justice Action Forum banner; November 30, 2023, Mebane, North Carolina

Thursday, November 30, 2023
Mebane, North Carolina

The Environmental Justice (EJ) Action Forum is a one-day event aimed at identifying, framing, and addressing EJ issues regarding the Western Electric/Tarheel Army Missile Plant in Burlington, North Carolina. This forum is an outgrowth of a collaboration for the last two years with community-based organizations, including West End Revitalization Association, 7 Directions of Service, and the North Carolina EJ Network.


The Western Electric/Tarheel Army Missile Plant, once the site of military missile research, is polluted with toxic substances that have contaminated the groundwater, air, and soil in the area. These contaminants pose a long-lasting threat to the primarily Black and Latino communities near the site. Representatives from community organizations, local and state level officials, and federal agencies are invited to be a part of this collaborative forum to address effective strategies for environmental remediation at the site.

This forum is the first part of a multiphase plan, intended to serve as a model for collaborative action to address EJ issues in the state of North Carolina and beyond.

Insights generated at the EJ Action Forum will identify and define EJ issues to inform the next phases of the action plan. Members of the community and others interested in addressing contaminated EJ communities are welcome to attend to provide their own perspectives and goals for the Western Electric/Tarheel Army Missile Plant.


  • Identify and define EJ issues regarding the Western Electric/Tarheel Army Missile Plant.
  • Facilitate collaboration between key partners to address EJ issues.
  • Provide a road map for counties within North Carolina and beyond who are working to address EJ issues in communities that are marginalized.
  • Develop solutions to mitigate environmental disparities around the Western Electric/Tarheel Army Missile Plant to restore and revitalize communities in the area.


Mebane Arts and Community Center
633 Corregidor Street
Mebane, NC 27302

Agenda and Materials


Online registration for the Environmental Justice Action Forum is now closed. Please contact Kerri Voelker at or 919-794-4710 for assistance.

American Disabilities Act Accommodation Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in these events should contact Kerri Voelker at voice telephone: 919-794-4710 or email: TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.


Please contact Kerri Voelker at 919-794-4710 or with questions.

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