U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8) is touting $4.8 million in environmental justice grants, which includes $2 million on his home turf in Hudson County.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“This announcement of over $4.8 million in Environmental Justice grants is a significant commitment to the health and well-being of the residents of New Jersey’s Eighth Congressional District,” Menendez said in a statement.
“I am grateful to work with the Biden Administration to support our dedicated non-profits and government partners so communities that have for far too long been burdened with the effects of pollution and climate change receive the relief and assistance they deserve.”
Four grantees are receiving funding through the Environmental Justice Government-to-Government (EJG2G) Program.
They receive funding at the state, local, territorial, and Tribal level to support government activities in partnership with community-based organizations that lead to measurable environmental or public health impacts in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms.
Those include $1 million to the Hudson County government, $1 million to the City of Jersey City, $1 million to the City of Newark, and $1 million to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Two other grantees are receiving funding through the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving (EJCPS) Program, which provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working to address local environmental or public health issues in their communities.
The Ironbound Community Corporation will receive $327,900, while the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance will receive $500,000.
All six grants were made possible through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental justice grants for local non-profits and government entities.