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Pesticide News Story: EPA Awards Partnership Grants to Protect Children and Reduce Pesticide Risks

For Release: November 12, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act grants totaling nearly $500,000 for projects that use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to reduce pesticide risk.

On November 9, 2010, EPA Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Steve Owens, announced a $250,000 grant to the IPM Institute of North America to expand its efforts to reduce pest and pesticide risks, reduce asthma incidence, and further environmental justice in school districts across the county. Assistant Administrator Owens presented a ceremonial check for the grant to the IPM Institute of North America president Tom Green during an event honoring the Salt Lake City School District as a national model for implementing school IPM and reducing the risks of pests and pesticides in its schools. The School District also was recognized for its participation in the IPM Star Certification program, a third-party certification program managed through the IPM Institute of North America.

EPA is enhancing its commitment to IPM in schools to provide greater protections for children’s health and reduce children’s exposure to pesticides in schools. Already a leading voice for school IPM, the Agency is increasing its support for the program and taking steps to move its current emphasis from demonstration projects to implementation and adoption of effective school IPM efforts.

EPA also awarded a $249,939 grant to Michigan State University for its project, “Effective Soil-based Biopesticide and Nutrient Delivery in Orchard Ecosystems.”

Both grants will support innovative IPM practices, technologies, outreach, and education. Grants were awarded for a two-year period of performance.

For more information about these grants, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/pria2/2010grants.html

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