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Charleston County News Release

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Name:   Jennie Davis Flinn, Charleston County Public Information Officer

Phone: (843) 958-4012

Email:   jflinn@charlestoncounty.org

 

Release Number: 3185

Date: October 28, 2010

 

 

Charleston County’s “Living Green” – Open Burning and Hazard Prevention

U.S. EPA Grant funds Charleston County’s pollution-reducing education programs

 

Viewers can watch the next episode of “Living Green,” Charleston County Government’s 30-minute green lifestyle TV show, in November. The show airs on channels WTAT Fox 24 and My TV Charleston each month.

 

This month’s topic is “Open Burning and Hazard Prevention,” and it was filmed at Charleston County Government’s Public Services Building, Givhans Ferry State Park, and Charleston County Volunteer Rescue headquarters with assistance from Charleston County’s Emergency Management Department. Watch all this month to learn more about open burning, fire hazards, and disaster debris management.

 

Featured guests in the “Open Burning and Hazard Prevention” episode of “Living Green” are:

  • Wendy Boswell, Environmental Manager, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

    • Facts, rules and regulations regarding open burning

  • Darryl Jones, Forest Protection Chief, S.C. Forestry Commission

    • Dangers of open burning and steps homeowners can take to protect their property from a wildfire

  • Bianca Sancic, Public Information Office, North Charleston Fire Department

    • Response efforts to open burning incidents and how small fires can become unmanageable quickly

  • Elmer Schwingen, Engineer, Charleston County Public Works Department

    • How residents handle and dispose of debris, trash, waste, etc. in the event of a natural disaster

The next “Living Green” episode is scheduled to air on the following dates and times:

  • Saturdays in November from 9-9:30 a.m. on WTAT FOX 24 (Comcast channel 6)

  • Saturdays in November from 11-11:30 a.m. on MyTV Charleston WMMP (Comcast Channel 13)

The County’s show is funded through a $236,498 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant given for Charleston County’s continuing participation in its Project Impact Partnership Program, which aims to reduce local air and water pollution through public education programs.

 

“The TV show is part of an extensive educational campaign to provide information and assistance to our citizens on ways to reduce pollution and improve our air and water quality in order to protect the environment for future generations,” said Carl Simmons, Charleston County’s Building Inspection Service Department Director who oversees the County’s Project Impact program.

 

Guests and panelists will appear on the show, including experts and scientists on the local, state and national level.

 

Viewers can also go online for more information or to view previous shows.

 

SIDEBAR: Background information on EPA’s CARE Grant and Charleston County’s Project Impact

  • EPA’s award is part of EPA’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program, a community-based, community-driven program that builds partnerships to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources.

  • Since the program was established three years ago, CARE has provided a total of $7.75 million to more than 49 communities nationwide. The Charleston County CARE project is one of just five awarded in the southeast region.

  • The Charleston County’s Project Impact Partnership program was formed in 1999 with the help of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. There are now 172 local partnership members who focus on making the Charleston County communities more disaster resistant, including undertaking environmental improvement endeavors.

  • Project partners previously conducted the Charleston Region Toxics Risk Assessment and identified particulate air pollution and ground level ozone as priority air toxics risks, and fecal coliform bacteria, petroleum product releases and trace metals as priority water pollutants in the Charleston County area. Through the CARE project, project partners aim to heighten local residents’ awareness of these air and water pollution sources and encourage actions that individuals can take to reduce pollution.

  • Established in 2005, CARE is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for communities to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in their air, land and water. By joining forces, for-profit and non-profit organizations can work together to improve the environmental health of a community and its residents.

Visit the EPA CARE Web site at www.epa.gov/care or Charleston County’s web site http://www.charlestoncounty.org/Departments/BuildingServices/care.htm to learn more about the CARE program.

 

To schedule a presentation on environmental quality and pollution issues, local groups can contact Charleston County Government’s Building Inspections Department at (843) 202-6940.

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