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U.S. EPA AWARDS SUPERFUND GRANT TO REDDING GROUP

 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) has been awarded to the Shasta Natural Science Association (SNSA), Redding, Calif. The $50,000 award was granted through the federal Superfund program and will allow the group to review cleanup activities being conducted at the Iron Mountain Mine (IMM) Superfund site. IMM is a 4,400-acre Superfund site located nine miles northwest of Redding.
 "This grant will give the people living in the community an opportunity to participate more fully in the decision-making process," said Jeff Zelikson, director for U.S. EPA's hazardous waste management division. "It should result in better decisions and greater public confidence in the actions taken to protect health and the environment."
 The grant will allow the group to hire a technical advisor to assist it in participating in the management of the investigation and cleanup activities at the Superfund site.
 The TAG will be matched by $12,500 in community funds and will cover a three-year period. The technical advisor will analyze and review proposed cleanup measures and report to the coalition.
 In planning and implementing site-specific cleanup efforts, U.S. EPA seeks comments from citizens who live near these sites and therefore have a vested interest in cleanup actions being considered. A better understanding of the technical issues concerning a hazardous waste site in their area helps citizens to provide thoughtful, informed comments.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


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