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EPA environmental scientist to speak at UMFK

April 13, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent environmental speakers series will welcome Len Wallace IV, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England, who will deliver a presentation on "The Use of GIS in Emergency Management of Hazardous Materials", on Friday, April 29 at 12:00 noon in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

Wallace's presentation will include information on the CAMEO (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations) and LandView software. Wallace is an internationally recognized expert and a certified instructor in Boston.

CAMEO is an integrated set of applications developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the EPA.

The CAMEO system is designed to help first responders and emergency planners respond to and plan for chemical accidents. This software is available for free download from Macintosh and Windows and is available in French and Spanish. CAMEO has been demonstrated in other countries so communities can be prepared for chemical accidents that can arise.

The LandView system is designed to search, extract and map data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U. S. Census Bureau. For example, the software can locate street addresses, acquire the entire Census 2000 demographic profile, maps for your neighborhood, and locate hospitals.

LandView contains both database management and mapping software to view and create maps of distinct areas.

Wallace works within EPA's Toxics, Pesticides and Federal Programs Unit. He is also regional liaison to each of the six New England states' State Emergency Response Commissions (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC).

Wallace's responsibility includes representing EPA in emergency planning, response, preparedness, development, and implementation of Federal, state and local officials.

Wallace has earned a bachelor of science in environmental studies from the University of Maine. He also pursued advance education at Brandeis University.

Prior to joining EPA, Wallace was the chief of enforcement and compliance assistance for the Massachusetts's Pesticide Bureau. In this position, Wallace interacted with numerous small businesses and establishments. He also worked as a chemical production specialist for a high-quality chemical manufacturer. Wallace was also a high school science teacher.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information call Don Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at 834-7835.