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E-M:/ EPA funds for communities to reduce toxics exposure



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Enviro-Mich message from Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>
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EPA is launching a new grant program to help communities
understand and reduce the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals.  Through
Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE), EPA is offering
communities financial and technical assistance to reduce releases of toxic
pollutants and minimize exposure to them. Communities will be
empowered to create local collaborative partnerships to identify
sources of toxic exposure and set priorities for risk reduction.
Communities also will have access to tools from EPA's voluntary
programs that focus on reducing exposure to toxic pollutants, such as
programs that reduce emissions from diesel engines, clean
abandoned industrial sites, improve the indoor environment in schools, and use
pollution prevention to protect drinking water supplies. CARE will
offer funding at two levels. Under Level I, communities will receive
approximately $75,000 to establish collaborative partnerships for
reducing toxic releases in their environment.  Level II offers
approximately $300,000 to communities that already have a broad-
based collaborative partnership and are ready to implement risk reduction
strategies.  Applications are due May 20, 2005.

For more information visit:
http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/05-08.pdf

For more information on the US EPA's Brownfields Program visit:
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

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