EPA Awards $25K for Merrimack River Project

A $25,000 federal grant is going toward a state project for “above-ground storage tanks near Merrimack River drinking water intakes.”

A “Healthy Communities Grant” from the federal Environmental Protection Agency will go to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The Merrimack River project is to protect public health and the environment by identifying, reducing and planning for chemical risks from commercial tanks with a storage capacity fewer than 10,000 gallons of fluid.

“The projects funded by the Healthy Communities Grant Program will prioritize environmental health in some of New England’s at-risk communities,” said Curt Spalding EPA regional administrator. “They are projects that are going to help reduce high asthma rates and improve resilience in communities that are vulnerable to climate change impacts like storm surge.”

The award is one of 14 grants for a total about $340,637 from the EPA for community-based projects that will address environmental and public health issues across New England