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EPA Solicits Nominations for 2006 Environmental Quality Awards

Release Date: 01/25/2006
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(#06006) NEW YORK -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations for its 2006 Environmental Quality Awards. Each year, EPA recognizes and honors those individuals and organizations who contributed significantly to improving the environment during the past year in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The awards recognize achievement in six categories:

-Individual Citizen
-Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group
-Environmental Education
-Business and Industry
-Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government or Agency
-Press and Media

Nominations for the awards are solicited from both within and outside EPA.

"This April, we will again celebrate Earth Day, a day for us all to reflect on the importance of the environment," said EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg. "What better way for us to mark this occasion than by honoring those organizations and individuals whose work has furthered the cause of the environment and whose dedication stands as an inspiration to us all."

The nomination deadline is March 6. Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in late April at EPA's Manhattan offices.

For more information on the award and nomination forms, visit EPA's Environmental Quality Award Web page at It provides details on award categories, award criteria, prior winners and nomination instructions. Self-nominations are welcome.

For additional information, please contact Chris Sebastian, Public Affairs Division at (212) 637-3597 or