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UMass Lowell to Receive $80,000 EPA Pollution Prevention Grant

Contact Information: 
David Deegan (deegan.dave@epa.gov)

BOSTON - The University of Massachusetts Lowell has been selected to receive $80,000 over two years as one of five Pollution Prevention grants being awarded by EPA's New England Regional Office for the FY2016-FY2017 Pollution Prevention Grants cycle.

Pollution Prevention grants fund programs or projects that measurably reduce the environmental footprints of local and regional businesses through projects that significantly reduce or eliminate pollution from air, water and/or land prior to relying on recycling or waste clean-up. In total EPA is awarding approximately $689,000 for Pollution Prevention grants in New England over the next two years.

Under this grant, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell will advance the awareness and adoption of pollution prevention practices to reduce the use of energy, water, and toxics in the food and beverage manufacturing and processing sector with an emphasis on seafood processing and dairy pasteurization. Roundtable meetings will be supported by audits, assessments, and technical assistance offered to companies by a wide range of project partners.

"EPA is pleased to support these effective and well-designed projects with much-needed funding," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "Our Pollution Prevention Grants reduce pollution at its source, which is the best way to create a cleaner environment and sustainable economy."

Other agencies participating in the project include the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, Mass. Department of Public Health, Mass. Office of Technical Assistance, Mass. Department of Public Health, Mass. Department of Energy Resources, Mass. Toxics Use Reduction Institute, US Department of Energy's Industrial Assessment Center at UMass Amherst, US EPA’s New England Regional Office, and UMass Clean Energy Extension.

More information on EPA's Pollution Prevention Grant Program (www.epa.gov/p2/grant-programs-pollution-prevention)