Pollution prevention grant goes to Knik Tribe

A $118,860 federal grant will be awarded to the Knik Tribal Council, in Palmer, to partner with the Alaska Forum on the environment to advance pollution prevention activities and source reduction efforts in Alaska.

The tribe is one of four projects in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state to chare in $450,000 in pollution prevention grants announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 16.

Technical assistance and training for the project will be provided by the Green Star Award and Certification Program, the EPA said. The EPA program calls for reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise being released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment or disposal. All four grant awards will support delivery of pollution prevention technical assistance and/or training for business and sharing of pollution prevention best management practices and innovations, EPA officials said.