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Release Date: 10/8/1996
Contact Information: Lois Grunwald, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1588

      (San Francisco) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA) today announced that a Technical Assistance Grant has been awarded to the Protect Our Neighborhood Committee, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The $50,000 award was granted through the federal Superfund program and will allow the group to review cleanup activities being conducted at the Waste Disposal Inc. Superfund Site, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.  

     "This grant will give the people living in the community an opportunity to participate more fully in the decision-making process," said Keith Takata, U.S. EPA's regional Superfund director. "It should result in better decisions and greater public confidence in the actions taken to protect public health and the environment."

     The grant will allow the committee to hire a technical advisor to assist it in reviewing investigation and cleanup activities at the Waste Disposal Inc. Superfund site. The committee will then present the information to the community.  
     The grant will be matched by $12,500 worth of the  committee's volunteer time and equipment and will cover a three- year period.
     In planning and implementing site-specific cleanup efforts, U.S. EPA seeks comments from citizens who live near these sites and therefore have a vested interest in cleanup actions being considered. A better understanding of the technical issues concerning a hazardous waste site in their area helps citizens to provide thoughtful, informed comments.

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