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PA EPA RECEIVES TWO VICE-PRESIDENTIAL "HAMMER" AWARDS

Release Date: 11/18/96
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PA EPA RECEIVES TWO VICE-PRESIDENTIAL "HAMMER" AWARDS

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1996

EPA RECEIVES TWO VICE-PRESIDENTIAL "HAMMER" AWARDS

On Nov. 18, EPA will receive two Vice-Presidential "Hammer" Awards which recognize teams or individuals for contributions to building a government that works better and costs less. The first recipient is EPA's National Emergency Response Team in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response which will be recognized for developing a new chemical emergency response planning approach that combines nine federal requirements involving five agencies into a single, coordinated plan that will be much more useful for facilities facing an emergency situation. The award ceremony is being hosted by Dow Chemical, 2301 North Brazosport Blvd., Freeport, Texas at 3:30 p.m. (CST). The second recipient, EPA's Use and Exposure Team in the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, will be recognized for establishing a partnership with the chemical industry in which up-to-date chemical data are provided to EPA voluntarily, eliminating the need for information collection regulations and improving EPA's ability to assess and act on potential chemical risks to human health and the environment. Over 100 companies have provided new data on 40 chemicals of concern. The award ceremony is being hosted by Eastman Chemical Co., Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, Tenn., at 11 a.m. (EST) on Nov. 18.

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