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$62 Million of Stimulus Money Goes to California for Environmental Cleanup

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The White House today announced $6 billion in new funding nationwide to accelerate environmental cleanup work. The money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is supposed to create thousands of jobs across 12 states including California, which will receive $62 million.

The money specifically comes from Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management, which is responsible for the risk reduction and cleanup of the environmental legacy from the nation’s nuclear weapons program. “These investments will put Americans to work while cleaning up contamination from the cold war era,” Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement.

For California, $54 million will goes towards the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to assess radiological levels, a step needed before cleanup can begin. The rest of the money will go to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center to "accelerate excavation and disposal of contaminated soil and accelerate installation of groundwater treatment systems." Chu worked at Stanford for over ten years.