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EPA grants directed to improve National City life

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National City has received $1 million to clean up hazardous waste sites, also known as brownfields, under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's environmental justice program.

Under the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant, National City will be able to distribute as loans and subgrants $800,000 to clean up hazardous substances and $200,000 to clean up petroleum cleanup.

The EPA also awarded a $300,000 Community Action for a Renewed Environment, or CARE, grant to the Environmental Health Coalition for work in Barrio Logan and National City and provided resources to assist with the Westside Affordable Housing Transit Oriented Development in National City.

The agency also will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation to help National City meet its sustainability goals, generating affordable housing and transportation while protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and addressing the challenges of climate change.

Part of that will involve cleaning up a 14-acre brownfield and using that site for a link to a nearby light rail station and a 201-unit affordable housing project as well as making improvements to the tidal creek.

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