May 2, 2007 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $3 million to 13 companies as part of the agency's Small Business Innovation Research program.

The awards will go toward helping the companies with the process of advancing their environmental technologies to commercialization, the agency said.

The program is designed to support small companies in seven key environmental areas, including nanotechnology, air emissions monitoring, pollution prevention, hazardous waste management, water treatment, homeland security, and manufacturing innovation. The EPA is one of 11 federal agencies participating in the program, which also seeks to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development.

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