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EPA awards grants for ND projects

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 12 grants totaling $2.6 million for various projects throughout North Dakota, Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, announced via press release.
The Three Affiliated Tribes received $131,861 in a State and Tribal Response Program Grant, which provides funding to enable oversight and enforcement authorities to ensure that response actions protect human health and the environment. $285,000 was also awarded to fund the Water Pollution Control State, Interstate, and Tribal Program.
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians received $125,000 in a State and Tribal Response Programs Grant, which provides funding to enable oversight and enforcement authorities to ensure that response actions protect human health and the environment. A Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Cooperative Agreement totaling $500,000 was approved for Turtle Mountain to provide resources to clean up brownfield sites at the L’BelCour housing development in Belcourt. They also received a Water Pollution Control State, Interstate, and Tribal Program Support Grant of $50,000.
Spirit Lake Tribe received $467,919 in a Performance Partnership Grant to fund tribal programs that develop and manage continuing environmental programs. Spirit Lake Tribe also received $39,023 to financially assist efforts to develop special purpose air quality activities on the Spirit Lake Reservation.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe received $25,000 to finance the State Underground Storage Tank Prevention, Detection, and Compliance Program which is designed to manage underground storage tanks on tribal lands and prevent and remediate leaking or damage.
The University of North Dakota received $498,907 to finance a project studying practical methods to analyze and treat emerging contaminants in solid waste, landfills, wastewater/leachates, soils, and groundwater to protect human health and the environment.
The North Dakota Department of Health received $200,000 in an Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant, which provides funding to enhance the technical capabilities to use and support the Exchange Network and ultimately streamline and modernize environmental management processes and data collection and reporting.
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality received $151,265 to support the Water Pollution Control State and Interstate Program. A State and Tribal Response Program Grant totaling $170,000 was also awarded to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality.