March—April 2018 Pacific Southwest Newsletter
Restoring and Redeveloping Properties
EPA has awarded 221 Brownfields grants nationwide, totaling $54.3 million. The funds will provide communities with funding to assess, clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment. The Brownfields program targets economically disadvantaged communities to transform contaminated sites into assets that can generate jobs and spur economic growth.
- Cronkite News (Arizona PBS): Arizona Receives $750,000 to Clean Contaminated PropertiesExit
- Maui Now: EPA Awards $300,000 to Revitalize Blighted Properties in Hawai‘iExit
- NewsRadio KFBK: Grants to Help Contaminated Properties in CaliforniaExit
- Recipients of Brownfields Grants
- EPA’s Brownfields Program
Funding Innovative Technology
EPA has awarded grants to UC Davis, UC Riverside, the University of Southern California and two small California businesses to support the development of sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges.
- Davis Enterprise: EPA Awards Grant to UCD for Innovative Technology ProjectEXIT
- Farm Futures: 6 Small Businesses Awarded EPA GrantsEXIT
- Biomass Magazine: EPA Funds Development of Biomass-Fueled Thermoelectric StovesEXIT
ENERGY STAR Success Stories
EPA has named 17 Pacific Southwest enterprises ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for their national leadership in cost-saving, energy-efficient solutions. EPA also announced that seven Pacific Southwest metro areas have been recognized as ENERGY STAR Top Cities.
- News Release: EPA honors 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year in Arizona, California and Nevada
- News Release: EPA Announces Seven Pacific Southwest Metro Areas Make ENERGY STAR’s Top Cities List
- About ENERGY STAR
Protecting Children and Communities from Poisoning
EPA is enforcing the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and the Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule to protect children and communities from lead exposure. Six lead paint enforcement actions in California and Arizona resulted in a combined total of $287,000 in settlements over the past year. In addition to paying penalties, the companies involved each made corrections to their operations.