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Reducing volatile organic compounds: good for business and the environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Two Minneapolis businesses are already benefitting from the change
 
 

By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer

 
Conclusion of a  three-part story
 

 

Last week MSR readers learned of a new grant program that Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is offering to help businesses with the cost of complying with new regulations to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This week readers are introduced to two business who have already benefitted from the program. MPCA and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (or MnTAP, a program at the University of Minnesota) have teamed up to offer small businesses with matching grant funds of up to $100,000.  

 

How can cutting down on VOC’s help your business and the environment? Let’s look at the experience of two Minneapolis small business owners and see how reducing VOC’s helped them. Continue Reading →

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Reducing chemical emissions can benefit businesses in many ways

Matching grants are available to greatly reduce costs
 
By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer

 

Last week we introduced MSR readers to environmental disparities affecting communities of color and how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (or MnTAP, a program at the University of Minnesota) have teamed up to offer small businesses owned by people of color the means to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Because the cost of complying with new regulations to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could be prohibitive for many such businesses, a new grant program has been developed to assist them.  

To help businesses meet those skyrocketing costs and keep the companies in compliance with the expected upcoming regulations, the MPCA is offering matching grant funds up to $100,000. Reducing your VOCs can help your business save money because it reduces the amount of hazardous waste you need to dispose of and be permitted for, helps you use less chemicals in your operations, and gives you the ability to promote your green business to the local community. It also means less exposure and better health for workers and helps keep us within federal ozone standards. Continue Reading →

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