The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Camden, New Jersey funding for brownfield site revitalization. Camden is among the 172 communities selected to receive this money that will go towards developing properties. Brownfield revitalization is important for improving the environment, health, safety, and economy of communities. Camden received grants for three different sites: 7th Street and Kaighn Avenue Site, Harrison Avenue Landfill Site Lots 13-17, and Knox Meadows II Site.
“We’re happy to see the EPA granting this important funding to help Camden redevelop their brownfields. The plans include removing contamination and waste as well as adding hiking trails, landscaping features, solar fields, and on one site, an industrial park to promote jobs. These funds will be used to design and implement plans that transform contaminated and underutilized properties into productive places for the city of Camden,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This program is critical for urban areas to improve their environment and communities while promoting jobs.”
The Trump Administration has been attacking the EPA and slashing their budget every chance they get. Trump’s most recent proposal would cut the EPA by $2.6 billion or 31.4 percent, including losing 3,800 jobs. Nationally, state grants would be cut in half, meaning NJ could see this much less. This also included major cuts for cleaning up Superfund Sites, up to a third. New Jersey has 118 sites, more than any other state. We need federal funding to clean up our contaminated sites and remediate brownfields to improve communities, public health, and the environment.
“This is a good day for Camden, but there may not be many more good days like this in the future. Our concern is that with all of Trump’s cuts, this may be the last assistance New Jersey gets from the EPA. The proposed budget will slash the EPA by close to a third. This will cut the state grants in half and New Jersey will see significant cuts. These actions will disrupt water quality testing, while stopping efforts to clean up our water supply, and deal with climate change in the nation and in New Jersey. It also affects funding for clean-up of contaminated sites and brownfield revitalization,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.