ROME, NY — Three counties in New York have received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to train unemployed individuals in hazardous waste cleanup methods, including asbestos abatement, to reclaim contaminated brownfield sites for redevelopment, according to a press release.
According to the Rome Sentinel
, the EPA awarded $200,000 to the Workforce Investment Board
of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties to upgrade the skills of local workers for environmental remediation planned in Utica, New York.
The board will recruit 75 students from local unemployed adults, low-income individuals who are underemployed, older youths and ex-offenders, the release noted.
They will be certified in environmental cleanup methods to redevelop abandoned sites that include gas stations, factories, mills and other toxic commercial properties, the release stated.