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PA EPA'S OFFICE AWARDS $6.8 MILLION IN POLLUTION PRE. GRANTS

Release Date: 10/15/96
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PA EPA'S OFFICE AWARDS $6.8 MILLION IN POLLUTION PRE. GRANTS

FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1996

EPA'S OFFICE OF POLLUTION PREVENTION AND TOXICS AWARDS $6.8 MILLION IN POLLUTION PREVENTION GRANTS

EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, along with 10 EPA regional offices, has awarded a total of $6.8 million in pollution prevention grants for fiscal year 1996. Sixty-five state and tribal groups received $4.9 million under the Pollution Prevention Incentive for States grant program to reduce or eliminate pollution in our air, land and water. Since 1989, EPA has awarded $40 million to support state and tribal pollution prevention efforts. Grant recipients are required to match the federal funds by at least 50 percent in dollars, in-kind goods and services or third-party contributions. As part of the Environmental Justice through Pollution Prevention (EJP2) grant program, 11 non-profit organizations and tribes -- one from each of EPA's 10 regions and one national awardee -- received a total of $1.9 million for pollution prevention projects. The 11 organizations were selected from over 200 national applications. Fiscal year 1996 was the second year for the EJP2 program, which aims to empower communities to find pollution prevention solutions to environmental problems. For more information, contact Lena Ferris at 202-260-2237 or Chen Wen at 202-260-4109.

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