Posted: November 13, 2013
$74,500 grant to leave mark on development of less-toxic paints and removal products
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demonstrated at an event in San Francisco, Calif. the results of a $74,500 grant awarded to the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA) to develop and identify less-toxic graffiti removal products, graffiti resistant paints, graffiti covering paints, and abrasive removal methods using alternative blasting media such as dry ice and recycled glass.
“Removing graffiti is nationwide problem, costing $12 billion each year,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Aside from eliminating graffiti eyesores, investing in research for safer graffiti removal methods has the potential to protect the environment and health of thousands of public cleanup workers.”