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Rep. John Lewis Applauds Atlanta Center for Working Families EPA Grant

July 13, 2011
Press Release

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would give a grant of up to $300,000 to the Center for Working Families in Atlanta to recruit, train, and place unemployed residents in five targeted Atlanta communities struggling with environmental issues.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that $6.2 million in total grants would be given to 21 governmental agencies and non-profit organizations in 20 states to train people in the cleanup of contaminated sites and in health and safety.  The money also helps train individuals in other environment-related skills, such as recycling center operator training, green building design, energy efficiency, weatherization, solar installation, construction and demolition debris recycling, emergency response, and native plant revegetation.

"I am very proud of the Center for Working Families," said Rep. John Lewis, "for positioning itself to receive a federal grant.  The federal government has some very strenuous standards that must be met in order to receive federal money.  The center must have submitted a very impressive application to receive federal support and the money will help the city work on two important issues-jobs and environmental clean-up.  I hope this is just the beginning of the Obama Administration's commitment to funding opportunities in alternative energy."