Center receives grant award from the Public Health Trust
The Public Health Trust has awarded a $65,000 grant to the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry to work with the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program and School of Information in developing the online Berkeley Public Library of Materials (PLuM), a screening tool that will help workers, the public, and small businesses identify known chemical hazards in products and manufacturing processes and find safer alternatives.
Funding for the grant comes from the settlement of a lawsuit brought under Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The lawsuit involved allegations of public exposure to hazardous chemicals in airline fuel. The settlement directs the Public Health Trust, a program of the Public Health Institute, to use settlement funds for environmental protection, worker health and safety, or education on human exposure to hazardous substances.