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EPA funds project to prevent pollution from auto repairs

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $149,000 to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to assist automotive repair and other industrial facilities in the South Bronx, New York in preventing pollution. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will work with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute to identify facilities in the South Bronx that use toxic chemicals and assess ways to prevent pollution. More than one year after Superstorm Sandy, many facilities that handle these substances remain unprepared to withstand another severe storm, threatening potential impacts to public health.

Under this program, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and its partner organizations will conduct pollution prevention assessments at South Bronx industrial facilities. Two of the facilities will then be selected for extensive on-site technical assistance and demonstrations of approaches focused on reducing the production and release of hazardous materials. This information will then be shared with other facilities through an outreach and education campaign.

This grant is part of the approximately $5 million in grants the EPA awards each year to prevent pollution across the nation.