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Room 108, Clark Hall

Educating and empowering environmental justice communities to identify and address chemical exposure and human health impacts associated with industrial facility operations


Ms. Wilma Subra
Subra Company

Hosted by: Professor Cassandra Fraser

Wilma Subra provides technical assistance to citizens, across the United States and some foreign countries concerned with their environment by combining technical research and evaluation.  This information is then presented to community members so that strategies may be developed to address their local struggles.

Committed to protecting the environment and the health and safety of citizens, Wilma Subra started Subra Company, in New Iberia, Louisiana, in 1981.  Utilizing the information gained from community involvement, the needs identified are translated into policy changes at the State and Federal level through service on multi-stake holder committees.   She has  completed a seven year term as Vice-Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), a five year term on the National Advisory Committee of the U. S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and a six year term on the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where she served as a member of the Cumulative Risk and Impacts Working Group of the NEJAC Council, and chaired the NEJAC Gulf Coast Hurricanes Work Group.  In 2011, she chaired the Environmental Protection Agency Technical Workshop for the Hydraulic Fracturing Study on Chemical and Analytical Methods.   She participated in the EPA Shale Technical Roundtables on Water Acquisition, Chemical Mixing, and Well Injection in November 2012.  She co-chaired the EPA  Shale Analytical Chemical Methods Workshop in February 2013.  She currently serves as chair of the STRONGER Air Guidelines Work Group.

Ms. Subra’s current work is focused on the environmental impacts of various aspects of shale development,  the human  health impacts associated with various specific units and activities of shale development, the development of appropriate parameters for monitoring ground water and surface water resources to detect impacts of shale development, and the development of guidelines for the regulation of state programs  dealing with shale development through the STRONGER process.

Ms. Subra holds degrees in Microbiology/Chemistry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  She received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award from the MacArthur Foundation in 1999 for helping ordinary citizens understand, cope with and combat environmental issues in their communities.  She also received the 2011 Domestic Human Rights Award from the Global Exchange for her dedication to human rights issues.