27 Aug '11, 5pm

Government hires unemployed for #GreatLakes cleanup: @Treehugger #EPA

Government hires unemployed for #GreatLakes cleanup: @Treehugger #EPA

Who says we have to choose between jobs and the environment? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is starting a sort of Public Works program for the Great Lakes --- prioritizing funding for restoration projects that put the unemployed back to work. The money in play is only $6 million, however. Maybe there's more to come? EPA is calling this a Restoration Challenge , as part of the federally funded Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The GLRI is the five-year, Obama-backed plan (and campaign promise ) to clean up historic pollution and prevent new pollution in the lakes, combat invasive species, etc. The plan was authorized at $475 million for fiscal year 2010, and later cut to $300 million in the 2011 measure that kept the U.S. government running (an employment bill for Congress?) The latest $6 million is being set aside "for federal agencies that propose restoration ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/feds-hiring-unemp...

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