Release 98-09      

April 3, 1998


Jerry Martin
(916) 322-2990
Media Advisory

ARB to Discuss Funding for Rice Projects

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold a public meeting Monday, April 6, 1998 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to discuss this year's proposed projects for the Rice Straw Demonstration Fund (Rice Fund). The meeting will be held at the following location:

Air Resources Board
Lower Level
2020 L Street
Sacramento, California

The meeting will include presentations of the proposals that passed the initial screening process. Prototypes and samples of products made from rice straw will be on display, including:

Twelve grant requests have been received and are under consideration for funding from the $2 million that is available this fiscal year.

The Rice Fund was enacted through legislation in 1997 and provides up to 50 percent funding for projects that use a significant amount of California rice straw.

The final decision on which projects will receive funding will take place at the regular Air Resources Board meeting scheduled for May 21, 1998.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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