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"Through the President's stimulus package, green initiatives will play a significant role in powering economic recovery," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in a recent press release. "EPA's portion of the plan will create good, sustainable jobs that help produce cleaner drinking water, purer air, environmentally friendly urban and rural re-development, and reduced greenhouse gases."
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes $7.22 billion for projects and programs administered by the EPA. Some of the cash influxes for environmental projects will 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.