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Environmental Health Receives $8 Million

By Amanda Harper
Published January 2006

The UC environmental health department has received $8 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to operate its hazardous waste worker training program through 2010.

The money will go to the department's Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training, a collaboration between UC, Greater Cincinnati Occupational Health Center, Ohio Environmental Council, eight state universities and technical colleges, and a group of organizations dedicated to improving environmental safety and health in the community.

Directed by Carol Rice, PhD, professor of environmental health, the consortium teaches emergency responders, waste site workers and medical professionals proper handling and clean-up procedures for hazardous material waste sites.

The group trains in a nine-state region--Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin--that employs 20 percent of all hazardous waste workers and emergency responders in the United States.

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