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  • For Immediate Release: February 4, 1999
    PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to give $3.4 million in grants to help local governments better inform citizens about local environmental concerns. The funds are part of a presidential initiative entitled Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT), which helps local governments establish environmental monitoring pilot programs.

    EMPACT is a nationwide program, designed to provide public access to clear, understandable, timely and accurate environmental monitoring data in U.S. metropolitan areas.    
    Environmental monitoring consists of systematic measurements, evaluations, and communication of physical, chemical and biological information.  This information will assist the public in day-to-day decision-making concerning its health and the environment.  

    The pilot programs will be developed through community partnerships with federal, state, local and tribal governments, universities, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector.  Additional information and applications are available on the Internet at: http://www.epa.gov/empact.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the website.  Questions can be directed to Sumner Crosby, the EPA Region III contact, at 215-814-2763 or contact the national office at 1-800-490-9194.  

    Completed applications should be sent via regular or express mail to the following address:  
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Peer Review Division (8703R)
    Sorting Code: 99-NCERQA-K1
    401 M Street S.W.
    Washington, DC 20460  
    All applications must be received at the above address no later than 4 p.m., Thursday,  April 8, 1999.