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EPA Empowering Communities to Reduce Risks from Toxic Exposure

Release Date: 03/25/2005
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(Atlanta, GA March 25, 2005)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new grant program to help communities understand and reduce the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals.  The Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program is a new and unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program.  Through CARE, EPA is offering financial and technical assistance to help communities understand and reduce risks caused by toxics from multiple sources.  The CARE program will award $1.65 million through two levels of funding.  Under Level I, communities will receive approximately $75,000 to establish collaborative partnerships and set priorities for reducing toxic risks in their environments.  Level II offers approximately $300,000 to communities that already have a broad-based collaborative partnership, have identified priorities, and are ready to implement risk reduction strategies.  A total of ten projects will be funded nationally in Fiscal Year 2005.  Applications are due May 20, 2005.  For more information about CARE or to obtain an application, go to

CONTACT: Dawn Harris-Young, EPA Media Relations, 404-562-8421