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EPA awards $75,000 for air pollution research in Paso del Norte communities

Release Date: 12/10/2007
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – December 10, 2007) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $75,000 for air pollution research in Paso del Norte communities. The Desert Research Institute received the grant to collect site-specific emissions of particulate matter from unpaved roads. Once inhaled, particulate matter can adversely affect the heart and lungs. Researchers will measure variations of particulate matter emissions from unpaved roads seasonally over a period of years to determine the effectiveness of current surface treatments.

EPA awarded the grant as part of its Border 2012 program. Border 2012 is a binational collaborative effort at the state, local and federal levels that focuses on cleaning the air, providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Additional information on EPA grants: http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/gandf/index.htm

More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6

EPA audio file: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/audio.htm#audio121007_desert


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