University gets EPA grant to fund program aimed at reducing pollution

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 8:38 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving the University of Missouri $112,500 to increase its anti-pollution efforts.

The grant was announced Monday by the EPA's regional office in Kansas City, Kan.

The university will match the grant, providing a total of $225,270.

The money will go toward creating a minor degree aimed at reducing pollution. It will also be used to expand an internship program in which students helping Missouri businesses reduce release of toxic chemicals and increase conservation. The university will also boost existing pollution prevention programs that work with state industries.

Officials estimate the program will reduce greenhouse gases by 4,500 metric tons, cut hazardous waste by 200,000 pounds and save 1 million gallons of water.


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