EPA lauds county for environmental
Buffalo Business First
Published July 13, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized
Erie County for a long-standing commitment to environmental
According to the EPA, the county has effectively overseen
brownfield redevelopment projects, hazardous waste removals,
pollution prevention initiatives, and orchestrated training
in lead and asbestos abatement and for emergency workers
who respond to environmental catastrophes.
Much of the work has been done in partnership with local
entities, such as the Friends of the Buffalo and Niagara
River Basin and international agencies, in the Cross Border
Contingency Plan and International Joint Commission Task
"The people who live and work in Erie County benefit
from the county's efforts to make the air, water and land
cleaner," said Acting Regional Administrator Kathleen
The county has demonstrated that the public, private
and international sectors can and will work together to
forge partnerships, prepare for emergencies and protect
human health and the environment, she said.
The ceremony took place onboard "The Lake Guardian,"
an EPA surveillance vessel for the Great Lakes, during
a week when hundreds of EPA Community Involvement Coordinators
and other environmental experts are meeting in Buffalo.