- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of environmental leaders and activists are heading to Lexington for an annual gathering at Virginia Military Institute.

The 26th Environment Virginia Symposium begins Tuesday and continues through Thursday. A highlight of the conference will be a panel discussion of the train derailment and oil spill that occurred one year ago in the James River in Lynchburg.

The panelists will include Lynchburg Mayor Michael Gillett, officials with the Virginia departments of Environmental Quality and Emergency Management and a representative of the James River Association.

About 50 exhibitors representing the public and private sectors will also attend the symposium. Breakout sessions will focus on topics that include water resources, energy, conservation and climate change.

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