Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | July 15, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says EPA gives $4.1 million to Kentucky to clean up UST releases!

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the distribution of $4,104,000 to Kentucky under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. The greatest potential hazard from a leaking underground storage tank is that the petroleum or other hazardous substances seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly one-third of all Americans. 
 
 This money is part of $197 million appropriated under the Recovery Act to address shovel-ready sites nationwide contaminated by petroleum from leaking underground storage tanks. The funds will be used for overseeing assessment and cleanup of leaks from underground storage tanks or directly paying for assessment and cleanup of leaks from federally regulated tanks where the responsible party is unknown, unwilling or unable to finance, or the cleanup is an emergency response.
 
EPA Region 4’s underground storage tank program will enter into a cooperative agreement with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in July 2009. This cooperative agreement will include more detailed descriptions of the state’s spending plan.
 
President Obama signed the ARRA of 2009 on Feb. 17, 2009, and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can visit Recovery.gov to see how every dollar is being invested.
 
Learn more about EPA’s implementation of the ARRA: http://www.epa.gov/recovery/
 
For information on EPA’s implementation of the ARRA in Kentucky, visit http://www.epa.gov/region4/eparecovery/.

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