Processing Magazine

EPA awards grant to reduce releases of toxic flame-retardant chemicals in Great Lakes Basin

September 20, 2012

CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $100,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to Hope College in Holland, Mich., for a project to reduce releases of flame retardants in the Great Lakes basin.

This is one of three GLRI grants focused on pollution prevention that EPA is announcing during National Pollution Prevention Week.

"This EPA grant will be used to raise awareness about toxic flame retardants and to reduce the release of these chemicals in the Great Lakes basin," said EPA Regional Administrator / Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman.

Hope College will use the grant to host workshops to educate industry representatives on the environmental problems associated with the use of toxic flame-retardant chemicals and to promote the use of safer alternatives. The college will also develop a disposal strategy for products that contain toxic flame-retardant chemicals.