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EPA Announces Merit Award Winners

Release Date: 04/22/1996
Contact Information: Frank McIntyre, Office of External Programs; (617) 918-1095

BOSTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized 35 New England environmental champions, including Mark Sinclair of Wakefield, Vt., with Environmental Merit Awards during an Earth Day celebration today at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

"New Englanders have a long tradition of being acutely aware of their environment and taking action to protect it. We are pleased to honor just a few of those that truly deserve recognition for their actions." said EPA Regional Administrator John DeVillars. " The winners, in fact all of the nominees, set an example for all of us to follow."

When presenting the award to Sinclair, DeVillars said "As a senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation in VT and NH, Mark is a persistent and highly effective advocate for the environment on issues involving transportation planning, water and air quality, hydropower relicensing and land use. His support for EPA's position on the Nashua Highway was both courageous and thoughtful."

The Merit Awards, presented annually since 1970, recognize demonstrated commitment and significant contributions to the environment. The winners were selected from nearly 100 nominees received this year from businesses, media, local and state government officials, environmental organizations, and citizen activists.