DEQ awards pollution prevention loan to fund modern x-ray system

June 9, 2016

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The DEQ today awarded a $32,000 pollution prevention loan to Burkhart & Chapp Chiropractic in Caledonia to fund the purchase and installation of a new, digital x-ray system.

The project will eliminate the need for radiographic film, lead-lined film containers, and the chemicals used to develop the film. Compared to conventional x-ray equipment, digital radiography lowers patients’ exposure to radiation, reduces water and energy usage, and minimizes cost inefficiencies.

“We’re excited to be installing this new x-ray equipment in our office,” Dr. Tim Burkhart said. “As medical professionals, we understand the importance of a healthy and safe environment. This new equipment will prove better for both our patients and the environment.”

The DEQ and the company’s local lending institution, Chemical Bank, each contributed half of the loan proceeds.

“We are thrilled to partner with the DEQ on this loan,” said Denny Briggs, a Commercial Lender with Chemical Bank. “The Small Business Pollution Prevention Loan is a great tool that allows us to help our small business customers save money and become more sustainable.”

Beyond chiropractors, equipment upgrades like this are a great alternative for all healthcare practitioners interested in improving the sustainability of their business.  

Businesses with fewer than 500 employees can apply for loans up to $400,000, with a guaranteed interest rate of not more than 5 percent. The short application helps businesses describe how their projects will conserve water and/or energy or reduce waste through source reduction, environmentally sound reuse, or on-site recycling.

Loans to decrease pollution are available to all private business sectors, including farming, manufacturing, retail and service. For more information, call the DEQ’s Environmental Assistance Center at  800-662-9278, or visit the program website at

The DEQ is dedicated to respect for Michigan’s citizens, stewardship of the environment, and support for a sustainable economy.