SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is
encouraging citizens in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the
Pacific Islands to nominate a friend, peer or organization for this
year’s U.S. EPA Environmental Awards program.

The program, now in its ninth year, seeks to recognize individuals
and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who made significant contributions to
improve the environment in the year 2006. Anyone can be nominated, such
as scientists, teachers, journalists, citizen activists, young people,
organizations, business representatives, public officials and others
committed to protecting public health and preserving our natural

Entries will be judged on the following criteria: