- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.3 million to municipalities and organizations to clean up polluted brownfields sites in Rhode Island and train people to do the work.

The EPA’s New England regional administrator, Curt Spalding, visited Central Falls on Thursday to award the funding. The cleanup sites are in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence and Barrington.

A nonprofit environmental organization, Groundwork Providence, was given nearly $200,000 for job training programs.

Spalding says Rhode Island has been awarded a total of nearly $35 million through the brownfields program to date, to assess or remediate 253 polluted industrial sites. He says that work has created about 900 jobs.

The state’s congressional delegation and the mayors of Central Falls and Pawtucket attended Thursday’s award presentation.

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