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Portland Receives $100K EPA Grant to Improve Environmental Health for Citizens

Release Date: 10/18/2010
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Oct. 18, 2010) – With the help of a $100,000 grant from EPA, the City of Portland will address local environmental issues, including to implement EPA strategies for reducing exposures to local toxic pollutants.

The grant is part of EPA’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is an initiative to help community groups identify and address the critical environmental health issues in a specific local area.
 
Under the CARE grant, Portland will create a self-sustaining community-based partnership; help the Portland community understand its pollutants and risks; set priorities for risk reduction and implement strategies for reducing exposures to local toxic pollutants.

The CARE grant program works with the eligible entities to help their communities form collaborative partnerships, develop an understanding of the many local sources of toxic pollutants and environmental risks, set priorities, and identify and carry out projects to reduce risks through collaborative action at the local level. CARE’s long-term goal is to help communities build self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve human health and local environments into the future.


EPA’s CARE program was launched in 2005 and has since grown from a network of merely 12 communities to nearly 50 ongoing projects around the country. This year, EPA has provided $4 million under CARE to help community groups build collaborative partnerships between residents, businesses, organizations and local and state governments.

 
More information on EPA’s CARE program (www.epa.gov/care)

 
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