MPCA Offers Grants to Small Businesses to Reduce Emissions

  • March 23, 2016
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  • Eric David

Are you a small business with less than 100 employees?

Are you interested in reducing the use of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

Have you thought about improving air quality at your business, but the price tag holds you back?

Well, if you answered yes to these questions you may be eligible for a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Grant applications are being accepted through May 11, 2016 and will pay up to $50,000 for projects to reduce use of VOC-containing chemicals, or to put in lower-emitting equipment.

WHY REDUCE EMISSIONS?

Auto body shops and manufacturers converting to powder coating are two examples of businesses that have taken advantage of this program, but VOCs are emitted from many industrial and commercial processes. The familiar smells from coatings, inks, solvents, gasoline and other everyday products are VOCs and they can be harmful to our health.

Reducing VOCs helps save businesses money on disposal and permitting fees and means less exposure and better health for employees. But, don’t take my word for it – you can hear directly from a small business owner who participated in this program by watching this short video:

HOW TO APPLY FOR GRANTS

In the meantime, grant applications are due on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Contact me at eric.david@state.mn.us or 651-757-2218 with questions or to learn more or visit the website at www.pca.state.mn.us/voc.

Also, don’t forget that the City of Minneapolis Green Business Cost Share program is accepting applications now until April 22. Eligible businesses include dry cleaners interested in switching from a harmful chemical called Perchloroethylene (Perc) to alternative solvents, auto body shops who want to use water-based paint, or a variety of other innovative ways to reduce air pollution.

You can find more information by contacting Patrick Hanlon at Patrick.Hanlon@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2319 or visiting http://www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/green/index.htm.