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CAL/EPA PRAISES CREATION OF CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS COUNCIL TO HELP PROMOTE GROWTH OF $20 BILLION STATE INDUSTRY

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Environmental Protection Agency today praised the creation of the California Environmental Business Council (CEBC), a private sector association intended to help foster the growth and development of the state's $20 billion environmental technology industry.
 "California leads not only the nation in environmental technology development, but can assume the dominant position in the worldwide market for these emerging technologies and their commercialization," said James M. Strock, secretary for Environmental Protection.
 "Formation of the CEBC is an integral part of promoting, developing and marketing our environmental industry which generates $20 billion statewide and employs almost 180,000 Californians. The CEBC can provide the focal point for these businesses to work with state and local agencies in fostering their growth," Strock said.
 The mission of the CEBC is to support the continued development of California's environmental industry as the world's leading provider of environmental products and services. The CEBC will also focus efforts on developing a national and state policy for the furtherance of sustainable development.
 The CEBC was created as an outgrowth of the California Environmental Technology Partnership (CETP) which was created by Gov. Pete Wilson last year to bring together the public and private sectors in fostering the growth and development of the state's environmental technology industry.
 The formation of the CEBC was announced by Grant Ferrier of the San Diego-based Environmental Business Journal and John Schofield, president of Thermatrix Inc. at the second meeting of the CETP's Environmental Technology Advisory Council -- comprised of representatives from state government, utilities, national laboratories, academia, industry and public interest groups -- at the Sacramento Hilton today.
 The ETAC meeting was devoted to hearing reports from technical working groups that have dealt with regulatory barriers to development, export assistance, needs assessment and financing assistance.
 There are an estimated 7,000 businesses in California that manufacture, design, develop or provide environmental products and services.
 California has also recently hosted several foreign trade missions interested in acquiring California environmental technologies including representatives from Taiwan, India, Ukraine and Brazil.
 The CEBC will seek to work with other trade associations and foreign buyers to promote export development opportunities for California companies.
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 /CONTACT: James J. Lee of Cal/EPA, 916-324-9670/


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