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New EPA awards will recognize environmental stewardship at feedlots

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 announced it is seeking nominations for new annual regional awards to recognize concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that make outstanding efforts to protect water quality. The awards are intended to encourage effective environmental management of such facilities.

'Managers of feedlots have an important role to play in protecting water quality,' said Jo-Lynn Traub, EPA Regional Water Division Director. 'EPA will recognize leaders in the industry who demonstrate exceptional environmental stewardship through innovative pollution prevention and management and treatment of waste at their facilities.'

The Water Resources Stewardship Award for CAFOs is open to beef, dairy, swine and poultry concentrated animal feeding operations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Individuals, agricultural organizations and agribusinesses may nominate potential award winners to the water quality contact at their state environmental agency by mid-January 2007. Award recipients will be selected and notified by EPA by March 30, 2007.

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