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Hillcrest High School has been given a sophisticated device to recapture and recycle automotive refrigerants that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

CFCs have been linked to depletion of the earth's protective ozone layer.Hillcrest was one of 500 schools that applied for the grant from IG-LO, the company that produces the equipment. About 100 will be awarded to schools around the country based on the quality of their automotive programs.

The grants will help produce automotive technicians who are cognizant of the problems of CFCs and able to deal with them. Recent Clean Air Act amendments require auto shops to recycle refrigerants, so technicians will soon need the ability to use recycling equipment.

Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, contributed a letter of recommendation for the Hillcrest application.