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Even the dirty jobs can be green

July 13, 2011
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ATLANTA — An official from the Obama administration was in Atlanta on Tuesday to give the city a $300,000 grant for "green" jobs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Those jobs, however, could be considered to be very dirty work, the article stated.

According to the article, the Center for Working Families in Atlanta, the group that received the money, will train nearly 40 people to remove contaminants from homes.

While these types of jobs might not conjure up the typical picture of a "green" job, cleaning up contaminates is important to public health, the article noted.

According to Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the EPA "considers green jobs anything that protects people''s health from pollution and creates healthier communities," the article added.

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