The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009 specifically included these projects and programs connected to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation:
EPA provides grants and revolving loan funding directly to communities for brownfields assessment and cleanup once per year. On May 8, EPA announced the 2009 grant recipients funded by both the general program and ARRA resources. Four Tennessee entities received seven grants for a total of $2.2 million from general program funding. The department was responsible for raising awareness of the grants and providing assistance to grantees during the application process. Tennessee recipients included:
The City of Chattanooga was awarded $1.2 million ($1 million for a Revolving Loan Fund for hazardous substances and $200,000 for the hazardous substance cleanup of the former Anchor Glass facility).
The City of Knoxville was awarded $400,000 ($200,000 for petroleum, $200,000 for hazardous substances) for a community-wide assessment of the South Knoxville Waterfront Project.
The Upper Cumberland Development District was awarded $400,000 ($200,000 for petroleum, $200,000 for hazardous substances) for a community-wide assessment.
Hamilton County was awarded $200,000 for the hazardous substance cleanup of the former Charles A. Bell Elementary School.
Click here for more information on these Tennessee Brownfield grant recipients.
Grants for these Tennessee entities were generated by the traditional funding allocation from the Brownfields 104(k) grant program, not ARRA funds. However, the addition of ARRA funds to the pool of total available Brownfields resources enabled EPA to make more Brownfields grants available for recipients from Tennessee in this cycle.
These cleanup funds will go directly into the federal pipeline for National Priorities List (NPL) sites and not go through Environment and Conservation. The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office is receiving $755 million in stimulus funding for "shovel-ready" cleanup projects that can be completed over the next 2 1/2 years. Expediting cleanup for Oak Ridge sites on the National Priorities List will create jobs, spur the economy and accelerate critical environmental efforts. The department is pleased to see additional dollars expended for needed cleanup on the Oak Ridge Reservation.
25 million dollars in funding is available for the Summer Youth Jobs Program in Tennessee. More than 10,000 jobs will be available for disadvantaged youth between the ages of 14 and 24 for summer work between June 6 and August 7, 2009. Some of these positions will be at Tennessee State Parks and State Historic Sites. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be the hiring agency for the Summer Youth Jobs program. For more information call the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development at 1-800-255-5872.