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Michigan company wins EPA innovation research contract

Release Date: 03/02/2007
Contact Information: Estella Waldman, (202) 343-9803, Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218,

No. 07-OPA031

CHICAGO (Mar. 2, 2007) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give a $70,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to Lesktech Limited, Negaunee, Mich. The money will fund research with Michigan Technological University to develop a method to treat waste from copper mines along the shore of Lake Superior and reuse it in roofing shingles. The company is one of 36 nationally to receive an SBIR contract.

The purpose of the SBIR program is to strengthen the role of small businesses in federally funded research and development, and help develop a stronger national base for technical innovation. An SBIR small business is defined as a for-profit organization with no more than 500 employees.
EPA solicits research proposals for SBIR grants each year. The next Phase I solicitation opens on March 15 and closes May 16, 2007. For more information go to

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