EPA Administrator:We have saved 'the American public $3.5 billion'

The Rich Zeoli Show
July 29, 2019 - 11:34 am

PHILADELPHIA (1210 WPHT)- Philadelphia is on board with the EPA’s latest project.

In an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler explained how the Brownfield grants will benefit Philadelphia, both financially and environmentally.

"Brownfields are former industrial sites where there is some pollution that remains that people don't want to go in and redevelop the sight because they don't want to take over the liability of the old pollution," Wheeler explained. 

Wheeler went on to share how much the EPA granted to Philadelphia for the cause.

"We have, over the years, provided Philadelphia with more than $7 million in grants to clean up some of these old Brownfield sights.

"Just this year, we gave Philadelphia an additional $300,000," added Wheeler.

Wheeler explained how projects like cleaning the Brownfields not only benefit the environment but also the economy. 

"When we step in with money like this, that encourages the private sector to step into these neighborhoods," said Wheeler. "Over the last two years, the state has created over 120,000 good new jobs. Some 5,000 of those jobs are manufacturing jobs, and hopefully, the EPA has played some small part."

According to Wheeler, the EPA has saved the American public money, thanks in no small part to their efforts.

"We have finalized 41 deregulatory actions under President Trump, saving the American public $3.5 billion," said Wheeler. "We have 47 more deregulatory actions to take over the next year-and-a-half."

Listen to the full interview with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler below.