Monday, 21 June, 2021

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Environmental challenges: U.S government earmarks $10Mn to states, tribes as buffer

The United States government says it will make available $10 Million for states, tribes and territories to address environmental challenges.

The finds are intended to be used at state and tribal discretion to complement those programs funded under established environmental laws and regulations.

Funds this year are available to 172 state agencies across all 55 states and territories and the District of Columbia.

A total of $8.5 million is available for states, territories and D.C., and a total of $1.5 million is available for Tribes. 

“Dedicating funds to states and Tribes will ensure we have all hands on deck addressing important challenges like PFAS and other emerging contaminants. From tackling climate change to delivering environmental justice, these investments will enable EPA’s partners to advance solutions to our most pressing issues in every corner of the country.”

Michael S. Regan, EPA Administrator

Recognizing that environmental challenges vary from region to region, the funding supports a wide range of initiatives.

These may include: addressing contaminants such as PFAS and lead, advancing environmental justice, tackling climate change, improving air and water quality monitoring, testing for radon in schools, and conducting outreach and education activities.

State and Tribal agencies will receive direct notification of their initial allocations and are asked to accept or decline the funds by June 8, 2021.