Barletta Announces Federal Grants for Pennsylvania’s 11th District
WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced that Pennsylvania’s 11th District received federal grants from both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Earth Conservancy, located in Ashley, Pennsylvania, will receive a total of $240,000 from the EPA’s Brownfields Cleanup Program, and Duncannon Fire Co. No. 1 will receive $158,953 from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.
The primary goal of the Brownfields Cleanup Program is to assist communities in cleaning up and reusing contaminated properties in a safe and sustainable way. Since 1995, this program has helped stimulate cleanup and redevelopment to find ways to reuse brownfields, which has both increased job growth and protected the environment. In November 2017, Barletta urged then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to provide funding to Earth Conservancy to assist with its efforts of restoring Espy Run.
“As a life-long resident of Luzerne County, I have seen the Earth Conservancy’s logical, fair approach to brownfield reuse fix damage ecosystems, stop erosion, and revitalize the environment and economy of local communities,” Barletta said. “With the help of this grant, the Espy Run can continue to be restored and the proud legacy of anthracite mining in Pennsylvania’s 11th District can continue.”
The primary goal of the AFG program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, the AFG program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources necessary to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Barletta has been a longtime supporter of the AFG program, having made repeated requests to House Appropriations Committee leaders for continued support and funding.
“Our fire departments and emergency responders are the first line of defense in our neighborhoods when disaster strikes,” Barletta said. “This grant will go a long way toward ensuring that the residents in our local communities – and their homes and businesses – are protected.
For more information on the AFG program, please visit https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program. For more information on the Brownfield Cleanup Program, please visit https://www.epa.gov/brownfields. Additionally, interested organizations may contact Mike Shay at Rep. Barletta’s Hazleton office at (570) 751-0050 or by email at Michael.Shay@mail.house.gov.