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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6/27/02
02/47

Contact: Elaine Makatura
609-292-9289

DEP Awards Grants to County Health Agencies for Local Environmental Protection and Enforcement

(02/47) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded 19 county health agencies a total of $2,597,998 to administer local environmental programs on behalf of DEP. These programs include solid waste, air pollution, noise control, water pollution, safe drinking water, coastal monitoring, and hazardous materials emergency response.

"The county health agencies are key partners in achieving New Jersey's environmental goals, particularly in the areas of compliance and enforcement," said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "Our long-standing partnership with the county health agencies was highlighted in our joint emergency response in the aftermath of September 11 and to the anthrax threat to New Jersey residents and businesses."

DEP's Office of Local Environmental Management (OLEM) provides matching grants to assist the 19 county health agencies to conduct compliance monitoring inspections, investigate complaints, collect water samples, and provide education and outreach to businesses and residents in their respective counties. Some funds are used to support special environmental projects such as inspecting underground storage tanks, inspecting commercial pesticide applicators, sampling potable water supplies at migrant farm camps, and surface water sampling projects.

County health agencies are certified by DEP under the County Environmental Health Act (CEHA) program. Since the program's inception, over $40 million has been awarded to county health agencies statewide. Grants range from $103,000 to $160,000 and applicants must match at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project.

For more information on the CEHA program, contact OLEM at 609 292-1305, or visit the web site at www.state.nj.us/dep/enforcement/pcp.

See grant listing below.


2002 CEHA MATCHING GRANTS

GRANTEE TOTAL
Atlantic County Division of Public Health $126,600
Bergen County Department of Health Services 153,120
Burlington County Health Department 125,950
Camden County Division of Health 160,590
Cape May County Department of Health 128,757
Cumberland County Department of Health 113,230
Essex County Health Department 149,520
Gloucester County Department of Health 142,790
Hudson Regional Health Commission 152,470
Hunterdon County Department of Health 137,577
Middlesex County Public Health Department 150,460
Monmouth County Health Department 151,945
Ocean County Health Department 153,314
Passaic County Health Department 134,480
Salem County Health Department 110,430
Somerset County Health Department 103,420
Sussex County Health Department 137,275
Union County Health Department 131,130
Warren County Health Department 134,940
   

TOTAL

$ 2,597,998

 

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