EPA looking to honor people, groups that make a difference


Know of anyone who's taking big steps to reduce pollution or is making a difference in their community to protect the environment?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to know. EPA's mid-Atlantic regional office is encouraging people to nominate individuals and groups who are making significant contributions to help public health and the environment in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia or in the District of Columbia.

An EPA panel will review nominations and select winners of its 2008 Environmental Achievement Award. The agency will hold an awards ceremony at its regional office in Philadelphia later this year in September.

“Today, instead of having only 17,000 EPA employees working to protect the environment, we now have over 300 million Americans as environmental partners,” said Donald S. Welsh, EPA's mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “We want to recognize Americans from all sectors of society – communities, business and individuals – who have begun to embrace the fact that environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility.”

Individuals and organizations are eligible for environmental achievement awards in three categories: business and industry; non-profit or volunteer organization; state, local or other federal government agency.

For more information visit http://www.epa.gov/region3/eaa.html.


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