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WEDNESDAY: EPA to Announce $600,000 in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Brownfields, Create Green Jobs in Aiken, SC

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Contact Information: Carl Terry, 404-562-8325, terry.carl@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – May 19, 2009) On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce $600,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the city of Aiken, S.C., to help create green jobs by revitalizing former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use. This is the first investment of EPA Recovery Act funds in Aiken.

President Obama signed the ARRA on Feb. 17, 2009, and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can see how every dollar is being invested at Recovery.gov.

WHO: Beverly Banister, EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator;

          Ken Taylor, Director, Division of Site Assessment Remediation, Revitalization, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC);
          Daphne Neel, Bureau Chief, Land and Waste Management, DHEC;
          Robert Hodges, Brownfields Manager, DHEC;
          Reginal Barner, Director Aiken Housing Authority;
          Louisiana Wright, Graniteville Community Coalition;
          Dr. James Abraham, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church;
          Dr. KA Flewellen, EJ Chair, The Imani Group;
          and Rev. Brendolyn L. Jenkins, Aiken NAACP.

WHAT: EPA Brownfields Recovery Act Funds to the city of Aiken

WHEN: May 20, 2009, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Warrenville Mill Site
      (Intersection of Augusta Road and Hwy 191)