CHICAGO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 recently announced that five companies in Ohio have been awarded $650,000 in contracts for 2006 EPA Small Business Innovation Research program projects. Ten companies in Region 5 states received more than $1 million in total funding. $220,000 recipients: -- Light Curable Coatings, located in Valley View, for developing an environmentally friendly, solvent-free coating system that can be used in automotive refinishing, floor and aircraft coating. -- Republic Anode Fabricators Inc., based in Strongville, for a device that "regenerates" the materials used to etch copper in the manufacture of printed circuit boards. $70,000 recipients: -- Powdermet Inc., located in Euclid, will develop a nanotechnology-based method to replace toxic chrome plating with spray coatings made of recycled scrap tools and low-cost ceramic powder. -- Applied Science Inc., based in Cedarville, will develop a simple, solvent-free method for adapting polymers to the electrostatic spray painting process for the auto body business. -- Tisch Environmental Inc., based in Cleves, will develop technology to effectively control dust emissions from poultry feeding operations. The 22 million small businesses in the United States employ some 51 percent of the private work force and develop most of the country's new technologies. Years ago Congress recognized the need to strengthen the role of small business in federally funded research and development and passed a law creating the Small Business Innovation Research program for businesses with no more than 500 employees. EPA's highly competitive SBIR program offers critical financial support to small businesses to develop technologies in areas of environmental protection including clean air and water, hazardous and solid wastes, pollution prevention, remediation and monitoring. Recent issues also include homeland security. To learn more about these research projects and EPA's SBIR program, visit http://www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir . EPA relies on quality science as the basis for sound policy and decision-making. EPA's laboratories, research centers and grantees are building the scientific foundation needed to support the Agency's mission to safeguard human health and the environment.
SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency