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EPA Extends Deadline for Nominations for Annual Environmental Merit Awards to Jan. 26

Release Date: 01/18/2005
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Contact: David Deegan, EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1017,

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2005; Release # dd050105

BOSTON – The US Environmental Protection Agency's New England office is seeking nominations for its 2005 Environmental Merit Awards, which recognize environmental achievement by individuals, businesses, organizations and state and local governments in the six-state region. The awards are designed to recognize accomplishments over the past year. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category.

The awards have been given out annually since EPA was created in 1970. Past recipients have included scientists, community activists, business representatives, public officials and other individuals committed to preserving the environment. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 26, 2005.

“Citizens across New England work, often without recognition, to clean and protect the region’s environment,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. “EPA New England’s annual Environmental Merit Awards let us honor people who deserve to be recognized.”

An independent EPA panel will select the winners based on the following criteria: long_term effects on the environment; ability to address an environmental problem or need; collaboration with others; ability of the program or accomplishments to be widely shared; clarity and effectiveness of the presentation; and promotion of innovative ideas or techniques.

The awards are given in four categories: individual; business, industry, trade, and professional organization; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community or non-profit organization. Awards winners will be invited to a ceremony this spring in Boston.

For nomination forms or for more information, write to US EPA New England; Merit Awards/Carol Krasauskis (RAA), One Congress St., Boston, MA 02114-2023, or call Carol Krasauskis at 888-372-7341. Nomination forms can also be downloaded directly from EPA New England's Web site at