The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing $600,000 to help the community of Villalba, Puerto Rico asses and clean up abandoned and contaminated sites. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated properties. Brownfields are properties where moderate contamination threatens environmental quality and public health and can interfere with productive re-use of the sites.
“Cleaning up brownfields is a great way to clean up contaminated properties, protect public health and create jobs in Puerto Rico,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “Brownfields cleanups and the reuse of formerly contaminated properties improve the lives of those who live and work in these communities. The EPA looks forward to working with Villalba to get these sites assessed so that they can be remediated and put back into productive use.”
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