Immediate Release

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Thursday, October 13, 2020

Eric Faisst
Director of Health

Event Will Showcase County ’s CARE Project

Oneida County ’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) project will be showcased at an event planned for November 10th, 2005 at the Hotel Utica, Eric Faisst, Director of Health announced today.

        The public is invited to join more than 150 invited guests from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for an overview of a project that will partner the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Oneida County Health Department and a broad-based community coalition that will, over the next 24 months, identify and prioritize the county’s environmental health risks.  A recent poll conducted by Zogby International cited environmental issues as one of top health concerns of Oneida County residents.

      The first phase of the CARE project will be funded by a $90,000 award as part of the EPA’s cooperative agreement program. Oneida County ’s project was one of only 12 selected nationwide to receive funding, from more than 130 applications submitted. An additional $50,000 of Brownfields funding will be available for site investigation(s) to be performed by approved contractors.  Upon completion of CARE’s first phase, Oneida County is eligible to apply for additional funding for recommended remediation projects.

      Among the invited guests expected to attend are Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Alan Steinberg, EPA Region 2 Administrator, Oneida County Executive Joseph A. Griffo and Susan Sutherland, Assessment Coordinator for Environmental Health in Delaware , Ohio .

      Faisst said that while strong community support for the CARE project has already been evidenced, he is confident that the November 10th event will stir excitement for the project and garner additional community participation.

       “This event will provide a forum to share the benefits of the CARE project with the community-at-large, and hopefully inspire others to join in the important work we are about to undertake,” Faisst said.  

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