EPA wants stimulus money for jobs cleaning up contamination

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Federal environmental officials say they’ll stimulate interest in green jobs among Los Angeles students using stimulus money.

KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Five-hundred-thousand dollars funded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $200,000 more from brownfields redevelopment funds will go to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. The conservation corps operates three charter schools in neighborhoods where dropping out is common.

It’ll use this money to train about 160 students in environmental technician jobs. Courses include certification in hazardous waste operation, mold, lead, and asbestos abatement. Including occupational safety and health training, students will develop credentials to get work in cleaning up contaminated sites.

Long Beach will get a similar package of money to train and place students in the field, and follow former students through the first year of their employment. All told, California groups will get about 30 percent of the $6.8 million the Environmental Protection Agency is distributing around the country for this kind of green job training.