Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | February 24, 2009

Environmental lawyer Sanders says U.S. EPA to receive $7.22 Billion for environmental projects and programs from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specifically includes $7.22 billion for projects and programs administered by EPA. These programs will protect and promote both green jobs and a healthier environment. These environmental areas include:

  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: $4 billion for assistance to help communities with water quality and wastewater infrastructure needs and $2 billion for drinking water infrastructure needs. A portion of the funding will be targeted toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmentally innovative projects.
  • Brownfields: $100 million for competitive grants to evaluate and clean up former industrial and commercial sites.
  • Diesel Emissions Reduction: $300 million for grants and loans to help regional, state and local governments, tribal agencies, and non-profit organizations with projects that reduce diesel emissions.
  • Superfund Hazardous Waste Cleanup: $600 million for the cleanup of hazardous sites.
  • Leaking Underground Storage Tanks: $200 million for cleanup of petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks.

Announcements of grants will be posted on the Web to ensure transparency. The state-by-state distributions for clean water and drinking water state revolving funds are also available on the Web. For new information on the state-by-state distributions for clean water and drinking water state revolving funds: http://www.epa.gov/recovery.

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