Mar 16, 2010

EPA Grant to Help Newark Community Target Environmental Problems

Agency awards $100,000 under CARE program to Ironbound Community Corp.

In a move that will give the Ironbound community better information about local pollution problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has awarded $100,000 under its Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program to the Ironbound Community Corp. (ICC). The not-for-profit organization will use the funding to identify and address pollution problems in the Ironbound community, with a focus on exploring the cumulative impacts of the multiple sources of pollution and finding ways to reduce the risks that they pose.

“EPA is proud to work in partnership with Ironbound to work in identifying and finding solutions to the environmental impacts affecting New Jersey’s largest city,” said Judith Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “This CARE project will tap into local expertise to address environmental issues by finding consensus within the community and focusing on targeting actions that can ultimately bring some relief to people in the places they live, work and raise families.”

“Under the Booker Administration, the city is committed to making Newark a sustainable community to live, work and play,” said Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Stefan Pryor. “We are working together with residents, community organizations, businesses and local, state and federal agencies to make Newark a greener, greater city.”

“The Ironbound Community Corp. is proud to be a recipient of the prestigious EPA CARE grant,“ said Joseph Della Fave, ICC executive director. “The Ironbound CARE Cumulative Impacts Project will be an important step toward improving the environmental quality and public health in the Ironbound."