Local communities across the US are being offered a share of $3m to help reduce pollution in 2008.

The Environmental Protection Agency has opened applications for its Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) programme, which will give out grants of between $75,000 and $300,000.

City, state, and tribal governments, as well as non-profit organisations and universities have until March to submit proposals.

Previous projects funded under the scheme include work with gas station owners and auto dismantlers in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, to help reduce air and water pollution, and addressing pollution in areas of St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Kate Martin

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