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Former EPA Fellow Wins $100,000 Grant

Funds will help inform local residents about toxic pollutants

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EPA Awards Ceremony: Erica Holloman (left) poses with Newport News resident Patricia Medley (center) and Angela Harris, President of All From One, Inc. and youth coordinator for the project.

Erica Holloman, a former EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellow and currently a doctoral student at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, together with the nonprofit Greater Southeast Development Corporation, received a $100,000 Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant from EPA. The CARE program supports innovative ways to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment.

Holloman will collaborate with the Greater Southeast Development Corporation and its Moton Community House to better inform local residents about how toxic pollutants may be affecting the local environment and their own health. Their goal is to identify and reduce risks from toxic pollution in the Southeast Community, a historically African-American and highly industrialized area of the city.

“Our project will provide a framework and a scientific process that addresses environmental quality and associĀ­ated impacts from a community perspective,” says Holloman. “It will empower the community to take action to reduce exposure and risk as soon as possible.”

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