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EPA awards nearly $300,000 for Bernalillo County environmental health efforts

Release Date: 12/05/2007
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – December 5, 2007) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $299,216 to the Bernalillo County Environmental Health Office. County officials will use the funds to collaborate with gas station owners and auto dismantlers to help reduce benzene and heavy metals in the aquifer and air. The county also aims to reduce South Valley, N.M., residents' environmental exposures to volatile organic compounds and heavy metals with this project.

EPA awarded the grant as part of its Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a competitive grant and technical assistance program to support community-based education and public health protection projects across the country.

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#audio120507_bernalillo

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