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EPA lauds county for environmental work
Buffalo Business First
Published July 13, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Erie County for a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship.

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 Force.

"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 Callahan.

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.








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