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June 14, 2013

Recycling grants total $90G

JOHNSTOWN — More than $90,000 in state Department of Environmental Protection grants have been approved for projects in Cambria County.

The county itself will receive $37,998 to help support its recycling program, and Portage Borough’s municipal authority has been awarded $55,000 to be used for clean water efforts.

“They’re both good projects. ... That’s your tax dollars coming back into the county,” said state Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton.

Cambria County’s grant will be used to cover half the cost incurred by paying for its recycling coordinator’s qualifying salary and expenses.

“Recycling is vital to the safety, well-being and cleanliness of any community,” said state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont. “I am pleased that the Department of Environmental Protection continues to award local communities with valuable funding to advance their recycling efforts.”

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor, added, “Recycling is an important part of keeping our environment healthy by reducing waste in our landfills, so this is a wise investment for our future.”

Portage’s grant will reimburse costs associated with extending a water line to Twin Lakes Road and Sportsman Road in Portage Township. Those areas have had their water supplies adversely impacted by the Hughes and Sonman abandoned deep coal mines.

“In an effort to help this local community create a safe, clean source for water, the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded them with this generous grant,” Wozniak said. “This funding will greatly assist the community with their clean water efforts.”

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