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EPA Recovery Act Projects Spotlighted in Vice President Biden’s New Report on 100 Recovery Act Projects Changing America

Release Date: 09/17/2010
Contact Information: Enesta Jones jones.enesta@epa.gov 202-564-7873 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today that eight EPA projects were highlighted in a new report released by Vice President Joe Biden, “100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America.” The report highlights some of the most innovative and effective Recovery Act projects across the country that are not only putting people back to work now, but helping transform our economy for years to come.

“With Recovery Act projects like these, we’re starting to turn the page on a decade of failed economic policies and rebuild our economy on a new foundation that creates good middle class jobs for American families,” said Vice President Biden. “And we’re not engineering this transformation alone – Recovery Act projects like these are drawing billions in private capital off the sidelines to help recharge our economy.”

“These Recovery Act projects are making our communities healthier places to buy a home or invest in a new business, giving them the clear water, healthy air and clean lands that make up a strong foundation for prosperity,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Cleaning up our communities with projects like these creates jobs today and opens up entirely new economic possibilities for these communities in the long term.”

The EPA projects highlighted in the report include:

Lead and Arsenic Cleanup - Evansville, Ind. - $6.6 million
Cleaning Up an Urban Tidal Estuary - New Bedford, Mass. - $30 million
Improvements to Wastewater Treatment Plant - Batesville, Ark. - $10 million
Acceleration of Hazardous Waste Cleanup - Waukegan, Ill. - $18.5 million
Creating Jobs, Saving Money and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Johnson County, Kan. - $18 million
Large-Scale Clean Up of Radiologically Contaminated Soil - Camden, N.J. - $28 million
Welcoming Development in a Cleaned Up Industrial Park - South Plainfield, N.J. - $30 million
Cleaning up Contaminated Soil - Cherokee County, Kan. - $14.6 million

To view the full report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/100-Recovery-Act-Projects-Changing-America-Report.pdf

About 3 million Americans are on the job nationwide on Recovery Act projects like the ones in the Vice President’s report. Projects like these are not only creating jobs now, but are also changing the American economy to make us stronger and more competitive as a nation for years to come. Together, they are conducting cutting edge research, rebuilding our nation’s roads and bridges, growing small businesses, re-opening and re-inventing factories – and changing the American economy to make us stronger and more competitive as a nation.