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EPA SOLICITS GRANTS FOR PUBLIC ACCESS TO ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

Release Date: 12/18/98
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1998
EPA SOLICITS GRANTS FOR PUBLIC ACCESS TO ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

EPA is requesting applications from local governments for a total of approximately $3.4 million in grants to establish local environmental monitoring pilot programs as part of a Presidential initiative called Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT). EMPACT is designed to provide public access to clear, understandable, timely and accurate environmental monitoring data in at least 75 of the larger U.S. metropolitan areas in all 50 states. Environmental monitoring consists of systematic measurements, evaluations, and communication of physical, chemical and biological information. This information on environmental conditions will assist the public in day-to-day decision-making concerning their health and the environment. These pilots will be developed through community partnerships between state, local, and tribal governments, universities, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector. Copies of the application can be obtained from the Internet at: http://www.epa.gov/empact. If you have questions regarding the EMPACT program please leave a message at 1-800-490-9194, and your call will be returned the next business day. All applications must be received by EPA on April 8, 1999 no later than 4 p.m.

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