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Release Date: 8/28/1996
Contact Information: Lois Grunwald, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1588

   (San Francisco)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) has been awarded to the Tri-Valley Citizens Against a Radioactive Environment (CAREs), Livermore, 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 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Site 300) Superfund site near Livermore.

     "This grant will give the people living in the community an opportunity to participate more fully in the decision-making process," said Keith Takata, U.S. EPA's regional Superfund  director. "It should result in better decisions and greater public confidence in the actions taken to protect public health and the environment."

     The grant will allow the coalition to hire a technical advisor to assist it in reviewing investigation and cleanup activities at the Lawrence Livermore Superfund site.

     The TAG will be matched by $12,000 in community funds and will cover a three-year period. The technical advisor will analyze and review proposed cleanup measures and report to the group.

     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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