EPA awards pollution prevention grant to Arizona under infrastructure bill

PHOENIX — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will receive a $296,544 grant under President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to limit Pollution.

ADEQ’s pollution prevention program will aim to prevent or reduce pollution through the development of sustainable business practices, according to a press release.

The plan involves designing a bilingual online training program and resource center for the automotive manufacturing and service industry in Arizona to help reduce waste.

“Based on ADEQ inspections, there are concerns that repair shops do not know how environmental regulations apply to them,” said Laura L. Malone, director of the Waste Management Programs Division of the Arizona Department, in the release.

“This grant will help ADEQ fill this gap by creating a free online portal as well as awareness materials to train and educate employees. This is a great opportunity for our regulated community to see ADEQ as a resource to help them and those facilities maintain compliance with environmental regulations.

The goals of the P2 grants are to increase sustainable practices by providing targeted assistance to underserved communities, according to the statement.

Examples of such practices in the industrial sector include implementing energy-saving practices, reusing materials like drums, and using non-toxic chemicals like degreasers and other cleaners, according to the EPA.

Department grantees will be responsible for documenting successful practices and developing case studies of new or lesser-known strategies.

“Providing bilingual pollution prevention training will ultimately reduce waste, conserve resources, and fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said the EPA Regional Administrator. , Martha Guzman, in the release.

The grant is part of five programs over the next five years funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, with future goals on products, procurement and supply chains. Grants will be funded when they are awarded, according to the release.

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