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EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Merit Awards - Deadline for Nominations Extended to Jan. 30, 2007

Release Date: 12/06/2006
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Dec. 6, 2006) – Notable environmental achievements in New England during the past year are eligible for recognition by EPA’s New England Office.

EPA is now accepting nominations for the 2007 Environmental Merit Awards, which seek to recognize environmental achievements during the past year. Award categories are available for individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and other organizations. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category.

“People throughout New England apply themselves to finding solutions to environmental challenges, often without recognition,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. “EPA New England’s annual Environmental Merit Awards let us honor people who deserve to be recognized.”

The awards have been given out annually since EPA was created in 1970. Past recipients have included scientists, community activists, business representatives, public officials and other individuals committed to preserving the environment. Nominations can be submitted by anybody, and individuals or organizations are allowed to submit self-nominations. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 30, 2007.

An independent EPA panel will select the winners based on the following criteria: long-term effects on the environment; ability to address an environmental problem or need; collaboration with others; ability of the program or accomplishments to be widely shared; clarity and effectiveness of the presentation; and promotion of innovative ideas or techniques.

The awards are given in four categories: individual; business, industry, trade, and professional organization; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community or non-profit organization. Awards winners will be invited to a ceremony this spring in Boston.

More information on Environmental Merit Awards and nomination forms (epa.gov/region1/ra/ema/index.html)

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Note: this news release was edited on Jan. 22, 2007 to reflect the extended nomination period.