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Defense fund gets second endowment

December 15, 1999

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a grass-roots group of lawyers and environmentalists, has received its second substantial grant this month, the organization announced Wednesday.

The Laurel Foundation of Western Pennsylvania announced Wednesday it is giving the Shippensburg-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund a $20,000 grant to help it continue its operations. The fund, which runs on an annual budget of about $150,000, depends on grants and donations from individuals, foundations and endowments for its existence.

Earlier this month the fund received a $45,000 grant from the Howard Heinz Endowment, also based in Pennsylvania.

The Laurel Foundation gives money to groups that promote cultural, art and environmental activities.

Tom Linzey, director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

His group works statewide, providing assistance and legal counsel on lawsuits in which preserving the environment is a concern, he said earlier this week.

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Its major local case recently has been the battle to stop Pennsylvania from putting a proposed Exit 7 on Interstate 81. The fund represents a family who sued because their farm would be dissected by the proposed exit.

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