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U.S. EPA GRANTS $204,000 TO CALIFORNIA FOR POLLUTION PREVENTION

 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today awarded the California Trade and Commerce Agency a $204,000, two-year grant to assist Small Business Development Centers in Solano, Merced, and Riverside counties establish pollution prevention assistance programs.
 "This grant shows how government can work cooperatively with business to reduce pollution without additional regulation," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western regional office. "Pollution prevention is profitable, so it's good for the economy and good for the environment."
 The programs in the three counties will compile and distribute detailed technical information, tailored to specific industries, on pollution prevention methods. They are modelled on a successful Nevada program which last year provided pollution prevention training to 950 industry representatives, performed 60 on-site assessments of pollution prevention activities, responded to 1,300 telephone inquiries, and produced numerous fact sheets, training manuals and a quarterly newsletter.
 The grant was awarded following a competitive review process set up under the authority of the federal Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. That law established a Pollution Prevention Incentives for States program. This program supports innovative efforts to reduce pollution of air, water, and land. The grant from U.S. EPA will be matched equally by a grant from the state of California.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/


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