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January 21, 2010

Time running short for Earth Day Award nominations

COLUMBIA – The deadline of February 11 is fast approaching for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s third annual Earth Day Awards, the agency announced today.

“We want to recognize the people, families, businesses and organizations that take action everyday to help protect our environment,” said Bob King, DHEC’s deputy commissioner for Environmental Quality Control. “This awards program honors those who are doing their part.”

King said the awards will be presented April 21 at the State Museum in Columbia. The competition is open to any individual, family, school, community, non-profit, government and/or business that does its part to help preserve and protect South Carolina’s environment.

Nominations must include projects or programs such as recycling, waste reduction, pollution prevention, energy and water conservation and/or other measurable environmentally friendly activities.

Projects and programs implemented between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 are eligible for the competition. There is no charge to enter the competition. Entries may be submitted via DHEC’s website and by e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service. In the spirit of promoting conservation of natural resources, DHEC encourages applicants to send their nominations via the DHEC website or e-mail.

All entries must be received or postmarked by February 11, 2011.

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For more information:
Richard Chesley (803) 896-4209
E-mail: cheslerl@dhec.sc.gov
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