On Earth Day, Lautenberg And Menendez Announce $2.3 Million In Federal Funding To Clean New Jersey Brownfields

On Earth Day, Lautenberg And Menendez Announce $2.3 Million In Federal Funding To Clean New Jersey Brownfields

Newark, New Jersey, Trenton and Camden to receive grants

Washington - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced four New Jersey cities will be awarded $2.3 million in federal grants awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to clean and redevelop a number of abandoned and contaminated brownfields sites.

"For years, our cities have suffered with contaminated sites in dire need of cleanup," said Sen. Lautenberg, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health. "This federal funding will go a long way toward turning brownfields into clean fields and revitalizing New Jersey's urban centers."

"This type of investment means healthier families, and it means rebuilding our communities to spur economic growth," stated Sen. Menendez. "It will help put some of our state's biggest and most vibrant communities on solid footing to prosper in the 21st Century."

• Newark was awarded $600,000 to assist with cleaning portions of the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company and Synfax Manufacturing sites. For more information, click here.

• Jersey City was awarded $600,000 to help with remediation efforts at three locations in the Berry Lane Park site. For more information, click here.

• Trenton was awarded $500,000 to use toward efforts to remediate a former gas station on North Clinton Avenue and two other properties. For more information, click here.

• Camden was awarded $600,000 to help with the clean-up effort at three properties on Penn, North Second and North Front streets. For more information, click here.

More information on the Fiscal Year 2010 grant recipients and the brownfields program can be found at www.epa.gov/brownfields/. ###