EPA Selects Five Recipients for Region 7 Pollution Prevention Grants Funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Act


K-State, MSU, Missouri S&T, UNL, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources selected for grants

LENEXA, KAN. (8 SEPTEMBER 2022) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of five recipients in Region 7 who will receive pollution prevention (P2) grants made possible by a historic investment of $100 million. dollars into President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law agenda.

Region 7 Selections:

  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Des Moines – $350,000
  • Kansas State University in Manhattan – $350,000
  • Missouri State University at Springfield – $300,000
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla – $350,000
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln – $320,000

These grants will enable organizations to provide companies with technical assistance to help them develop and adopt best P2 practices to prevent or reduce pollution before it is even created, while reducing business and liability costs.

“Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, our region’s pollution prevention grant selections will improve the environment and public health in our communities by reducing pollution,” said Region 7 Administrator Meg McCollister. from the EPA. “These funds will support P2 internships and facilitate partnerships between universities and manufacturers to promote environmental justice and P2 best practices across the region.

Region 7 P2 grants will enable these grantees to:

  • Hire an additional P2 staff engineer to facilitate P2 assessments and internships at Iowa industrial facilities; organize virtual training events and webinars; and develop a P2 college online education portal to drive P2 improvements in Iowa industries within targeted boundaries National Interest Area (NEA) environmental justice sectors and communities.
  • Partner with the Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) to offer P2 strategy workshops, training, internships, and funding for the implementation of P2 projects that will address P2 in Kansas. Additionally, a community project will partner with Kansas’ two largest cities to host industry and community events that focus on understanding environmental justice issues and the impact of climate change.
  • Provide technical assistance and on-site P2 training to Missouri manufacturing companies in the food and beverage, automotive, aerospace, and metal fabrication and fabrication industries. Missouri State University will also work with the Missouri Manufacturers Association to develop a Missouri-wide sustainability network to promote P2 best practices.
  • Work with the copper electromining industry to prevent acid mist pollution through research on alternative pollutants and chemicals; develop three case studies; run two workshops; and create a pedagogical teaching module on environmental justice. Additionally, this project aims to identify environmentally friendly acid mist suppressors for the electrowinning industry, which will provide chemical alternatives to replace the “eternal chemical” FC-1100 fluorochemical reagent.
  • Focus on reducing the use of water, energy and materials; production of waste water; and other waste streams through process assessments of Nebraska companies – focusing on food processors, chemical manufacturers, and metal fabricators and finishers. This project will focus efforts on manufacturers in underserved communities, as well as the development of materials that will promote P2 best practices for these sectors.

The P2 program advances President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to deliver at least 40% of the benefits of select government programs to underserved communities. State and tribal programs receiving grants will not be required to provide matching funds, as required by traditional P2 grants. The ability to waive the matching requirement under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, in addition to the new NEA for business in Indian country, has helped broaden and diversify the pool of candidates. Many selected grants will support the implementation of pollution prevention practices in Indian Country.

The United States produces billions of pounds of pollution every year and spends billions of dollars a year to control that pollution. Preventing pollution at source, also called P2 or source reduction, rather than managing waste after it is produced is an important part of promoting a sustainable economic and environmental infrastructure. P2 can reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, conserve natural resources, and reduce financial costs to businesses, especially costs associated with waste management, disposal, and cleanup. These practices are essential for protecting health, improving environmental conditions in and around disadvantaged communities, and preserving natural resources such as wetlands, groundwater sources, and other critical ecosystems.

Selected and awarded grantees will document and share the P2 best practices they have identified and developed through these grants, so that others can replicate these practices and results. Each selected grantee will speak to at least one of the NEAs, which have been created to focus resources to achieve measurable results and create opportunities for information sharing between P2 grantees and businesses affiliated with similar NEAs. Each selected grantee will also develop at least one case study during the grant period on P2 practices that are new or little known or adopted, or where detailed information on P2 practices could benefit other companies or support providers. P2 technology.

These grants are the first of five P2 grant programs over the next five years that will be funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. EPA announced two other new grant opportunities funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. One will encourage products, purchases and/or supply chains that are safer, more sustainable and better for the environment. The other will encourage businesses that work in or work with underserved and disadvantaged communities to adopt P2 practices. The EPA also plans to award traditional P2 grants later this year, which have been administered by the Agency for more than 25 years.

EPA plans to award the grants once all legal and administrative requirements have been met. Grants supported by Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funds will be fully funded at the time the grants are awarded.

Learn more about P2 and the P2 grant program.

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