Environmental Protection Agency

Use of Funds from the $130.2 billion Appropriation (Title IX Subpart M)–the Rescue Plan identifies categorical uses of the grant funds in four provisions. The fourth provision (D) states ​“to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure”. Local governments will have to determine what their water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure needs are and how to line them up for investment. The Treasury Department administers the allocations to​ ​Metropolitan Cities and Counties, and to States for the Nonentitlement Units of Local Government.

SEC. 6002 Funding for Pollution and Disparate Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic — $100 Million is provided to the U.S. EPA to be divided into 2 purposes:

  • $50 million for grants and activities that identify and address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in minority populations or low-income populations under the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
  • Another $50 million in grants and for grants and activities authorized under subsections (a) through (c) of section 103 of the Clean Air Act (​Research, investigation, training, and other activities); ​and grants and activities authorized under section 105 of such Act (​Grants for support of air pollution planning and control programs​).

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Judy SheahanAssistant Executive Director, Environment