The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 25, 2012, that it will provide a total of $1.3 million in brownfields redevelopment grants to the city of Texarkana, Texas, to clean up contaminated areas.
"These brownfields grants will help convert environmental eyesores into sources of local pride," said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. "EPA is committed to putting both people and property back to work and turning problem properties into community assets."
The awards come after the EPA announced in May that Texarkana would receive a $900,000 brownfields revolving loans fund grant to clean up 200 properties in the city's Historical Downtown and 7th Street Corridor. An additional $400,000 grant will be used to clean up a site at 203/205 West Broad Street. This site is contaminated by both inorganic and organic materials, and heavy metals.
The EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization program was developed to help communities that have been affected by contaminated sites.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hazardous waste cleanup projects come with inherent risks that are similar to hazards that exist on construction sites. These hazards can involve working at heights, excavations, lockout tagout, cranes, use of material handling equipment, powered tools, and welding and cutting. Protect workers from these hazards by providing appropriate safety products, including respiratory protection, hard hats, and fall protection.