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EPA awards Multipurpose Grants to Delaware state agencies

Delaware News Desk
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced March 5 that Delaware is among the nation’s states and tribes to receive a portion of $21 million in Multipurpose Grants for addressing their environmental priorities.

Three Delaware state agencies will use EPA’s multipurpose grant funding to complement existing environmental protection efforts.

“EPA recognizes the important role of states and local governments in protecting the health and future of our communities,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “This funding enables partners like Delaware to carry out activities that address their environmental and public health priorities.”

EPA’s Multipurpose Grant program for States and Tribes supports states, tribes and territories in addressing high-priority environmental issues. Recognizing that environmental challenges differ due to variations in geography, population density and other factors, this program provides EPA’s co-regulator partners with the flexibility to target funds to their highest priority efforts to protect human health and the environment. With this grant funding, states and tribes are supporting a range of projects, including addressing contaminants such as PFAS and lead; streamlining permitting processes; performing inspections; updating air and water monitoring equipment; testing radon in schools; and conducting outreach and education in areas such as pesticides application and harmful algal blooms.

The Multipurpose Grants awarded to Delaware include:

— $112, 168 to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which will use the funding to enhance its Division of Air Quality’s air monitoring network; to fund a new annual air quality forecasting contract; and to manage PCB pollution in the A-Street Ditch in Wilmington.

— $58,544 to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services for planning, development and implementation of a regulatory structure to address emerging contaminants, focusing initially on PFAS-related compounds.

— $53,219 to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, to provide cost assistance for nutrient management planning for agriculture acres in Delaware, which will reduce nonpoint source nutrient pollution including nitrogen and phosphorus.