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PA VICE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES EPA GRANTS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO ACCESS ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Release Date: 10/30/98
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1998
VICE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES EPA GRANTS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO ACCESS ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Vice President Gore announced today four EMPACT grants to local governments to establish pilot programs as part of a new Presidential initiative called Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) projects. These grants are: Boulder, Colorado; Dayton, Ohio; Denton (Dallas-Fort-Worth) Texas; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A grant for Minneapolis, Minnesota was announced by the Vice President on Oct. 12. These five grants are among the EPA’s national EMPACT program grants totalling approximately $3.5 million. The remaining grants are: Boston, Massachusetts; Burlington, Vermont; and Tucson, Arizona. These projects will help provide the public access to clear, understandable, timely and accurate data in an ongoing sustainable manner in 86 of the larger U.S. metropolitan areas. These awards will help cities build the capacity to monitor key information about environmental quality. This will also allow citizens to obtain knowledge of the environment including daily air quality issues such as ozone and water quality degradation affecting rivers, lakes and city beaches. The recipients have emphasized the use of advanced and innovative technologies to monitor environmental conditions. For more information on the EMPACT program, see the EPA Internet site at: www.epa.gov/empact.

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