WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $6 billion in new funding to accelerate environmental cleanup work and create thousands of jobs across 12 states.
Chu said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects will focus on accelerating cleanup of soil and groundwater, transportation, disposal of waste and cleaning and demolishing former weapons complex facilities.
"These investments will put Americans to work while cleaning up contamination from the Cold War era," said Chu. "It reflects our commitment to future generations as well as to help local economies get moving again."
The projects will be managed by the Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management.
The states and the amount of their funding are: Washington, $1.961 billion; South Carolina, $1.615 billion; Tennessee, $755 million; Idaho, $468 million, New Mexico, $384 million; New York, $148 million; Ohio, $138 million; Utah, $108 million; Illinois $99 million; Kentucky, $79 million; California, $62 million; Nevada, $44 million.