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Southfield chiropractor gets pollution prevention loan

Agency: Environmental Quality

Nov. 3, 2011                                                                                                             11-1103


For More Information                                    Brad Wurfel, 517-373-7917,

                                                                     Karen Edlin, 517-373-0604, 



The DEQ today announced a $36,000 pollution prevention loan awarded to Advanced Spine and Headache Center in Southfield for a digital radiology developer system that eliminates wastes from its existing, conventional x-ray film processing system.


The practice received the low-interest loan through the DEQ's Small Business Pollution Prevention Loan Program. The upgrade eliminates the need for processing chemicals and reduces radiographic film consumption. The new equipment also reduces water and energy usage compared to conventional x-ray film processing systems.


The DEQ and the company's local lending institution, Chiropractic Federal Credit Union, each contributed half of the loan proceeds.


Businesses with fewer than 500 employees can apply for loans up to $400,000, with a guaranteed interest rate of no more than 5 percent. The short application helps businesses describe how their projects will eliminate or reduce waste through source reduction, environmental sound reuse, and/or recycling, including water and energy conservation projects.


Loans are available to all private business sectors, including farming, manufacturing, retail, and service. For more information about pollution prevention loans, go to,1607,7-135-3307_3515_4144---,00.html or call the DEQ's Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.