EPA Funding to Improve Environmental Health of U.S. – Mexico Border
The EPA will be funding more than $8 million in grants for environmental improvement projects along the U.S. – Mexico border. The funding was announced during a border tour led by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in San Diego on Oct. 7.
In order to help improve the environmental health of the U.S. – Mexico border, the EPA has awarded $8.6 million for environmental projects designed to preserve and protect the region. $5 million will go to the North American Development Bank to fund the construction of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure along the border. $3.5 million will be spent on upgrades to the wastewater treatment plain in Holtville, Calif.
“Water, waste and environmental health concerns cross national boundaries, and environmental solutions benefit communities on both sides of our shared border,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Border environment projects have already benefitted 8 million border residents, providing 63,000 homes with first-time drinking water service and 569,000 homes with first-time wastewater services.”
The remaining funds will be spent on river cleanup, mostly to restore the New River in Mexicali, Baja Calif., as well as to establish better electronic waste management, and for border environmental health assessments.
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