Visclosky Announces EPA Brownfields Grant for Gary
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the City of Gary for a Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilot project.
Congressman Visclosky submitted a letter to the EPA asking for this grant, which will educate and employ Gary residents, and also clean up abandoned industrial sites.
“I strongly support all programs that provide opportunities for Northwest Indiana residents to become better educated and get better jobs,” Visclosky said. “In addition, this is a great opportunity to clean up some of the environmental problems left behind at abandoned worksites in the City of Gary. It is a win-win situation.”
The program will train 160 unemployed, underemployed, and other disadvantaged residents as environmental technicians from the Gary Empowerment Zone and the Airport Development Zone. This will provide a boost to low-income areas in the city that have high unemployment rates.
Training will consist of environmental and technical skills, including lead and asbestos abatement, pollution prevention and remediation, and environmental justice, as well as construction trades. Organizations such as Ivy Tech State College, Northwest Indiana Building Trades/Indiana Plan, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana University Northwest, Gary Housing Authority, Diversity Consultants, and environmental business partners have been identified by the EPA as possible supporters of the training efforts.