This Web site provides information about environmental projects administered by EPA in Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Recovery Act provides funding for significant projects that will help clean the Region 2 environment, and provide better environmental and public health protection to its citizens. EPA's portion of the plan will create green jobs that will also help clean contaminated land, produce cleaner drinking water and air quality, spur environmentally-conscious urban and rural redevelopment and reduce greenhouse gases.
Funding from the Recovery Act includes projects to clean Brownfields, speed clean up work at Superfund sites, support the implementation of diesel emission reduction technologies, assess and clean up underground storage tanks and improve water quality infrastructure.
Brownfields: Grants will help community groups to evaluate and clean up former industrial and commercial sites.
Clean Diesel Projects: Grants will help state and local governments, and non-profit organizations with projects that reduce diesel emissions in Region 2.
Clean Water Projects: Significant funding will assist communities with water quality, and wastewater infrastructure and drinking water infrastructure needs. A portion of the funding will be targeted toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects.
Underground Storage Tanks: Additional funding will help assess and clean up underground storage tanks.
Superfund Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Additional funding will help speed up the pace of cleanup at targeted hazardous sites.
- Related News: See our Related News page for the latest on how Region 2 is implementing the Recovery Act
Cleanup at this Vineland, NJ site includes the excavation and restoration of arsenic-contaminated stream and wetland areas. EPA contractors use heavy construction equipment to excavate contaminated sediments and backfill with clean sand.
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Recovery Act money is helping to complete the cleanup of this site in Gloucester, NJ. The soil was contaminated from radioactive thorium. A team removes contaminated soil in a small section of the site. After the soil is removed, clean fill is applied over the entire area.
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