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EPA offers grants for environmental justice projects

Published November 19, 2009 6:16 am

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $100,000 to help Utah neighborhoods deal with environmental justice challenges over the next two years. The money is part of $1 million planned for ten projects nationwide.

"Our 10 showcase communities," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, "will provide lessons for how we make every community a better place for people to live, for business to invest and bring jobs, and for opportunities to grow."

Selected communities are to use collaborative, locally-based approaches to improve public health and the environment. The money will help address environmental risks and serve as models for future EPA projects.

Six neighborhoods in central and west Salt Lake City will be part of a children's health initiative: Glendale, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Rose Park, State Fairpark and Westpointe.

The agency has devoted more than $32 million to more than 1,100 community-based organizations since 1994.

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This is a corrected version of a story originally published Tuesday.