By TEMPLE LI
The EPA is touting a yearly approximate $5 million grant to whoever (could be public entities, could be private industry) to stop pollution across the country. This year, almost $260,000 of it has been dropped to the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. That’s Erie County in New York. Not sure of Erie, PA is getting some of the dough – or Erie anywhere else. In any case, a press release issued by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, provides:
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $259,963 to the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning to provide training and technical assistance to food production and processing companies in western New York. Erie County DEP will host a series of workshops and technical training courses to help area businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and assist in preserving a sustainable future for the next generation.
“Erie County will work with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable and other organizations to hold 18 workshops over a two-year period. Thirty businesses will also be selected to receive direct technical assistance in strategies to reduce carbon emissions through the use of renewable energy, and various energy conservation measures, with a focus on strategies successfully used by other area businesses. In addition, energy or pollution prevention audits will performed at eight businesses, with at least three of these being food manufacturers. Erie County and its partner organizations will conduct outreach to more than 200 food manufacturers in western New York.”
It’s unclear from the release how it is determined who gets the money and how much. But that’s government.
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