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EPA awards CMU grant to combat community pollution

Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Central Michigan University has been awarded a $135,000 grant to help Mid-Michigan combat pollution. The grants are part of President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law.

The funding will be geared toward helping the automotive industry reduce what is known as P-2 pollution, which is waste created during the manufacturing process. The goal is to help businesses reduce hazardous waste.

In a written statement, CMU professor of engineering Goskel Demier said the grant will allow the university to conduct community roundtables with leaders and business owners in the region and provide them with access to necessary resources to reduce pollution.

The grant is targeted to businesses in Isabella, Midland, and Bay counties. These counties are considered historically underserved when it comes to pollutions management.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.