The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Rhode Island five grants totaling more than a million dollars to clean up contaminated properties across the state.
The money will help with the cleanup of contaminated sites in the cities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence.
A couple of the grants will also help to assess a property for potential cleanup and support training in environmental jobs. The East Bay Community Development Corporation will examine a former gardening nursery in Barrington for environmental contamination. And Groundwork Providence will use its grant to get students and unemployed and underemployed residents ready for jobs.
State and federal leaders say these grants will help communities ultimately redevelop these properties while leveraging jobs and boosting the economy.
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