TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $2 million to Galveston County for work to remove hazardous waste during Hurricane Ike cleanup operations.
FEMA awarded a $2,001,764 grant as an initial payment to contractors who removed the hazardous waste from the Bolivar Debris Fields in February and March. Because the work was carried out before the April 26 deadline for 100 percent federal reimbursement for debris removal, FEMA is paying the total cost of these operations.
"Removing hazardous waste not only protects the public health and safety, it is an important step toward recovery," said Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Harris. "This grant demonstrates FEMA?s strong support for these efforts."
Once FEMA pays the funds to the state of Texas, their management, including disbursement to local governments and organizations performing services, is the responsibility of the state. The obligated funds are a portion of more than $1 billion in total Public Assistance disaster funds sent to the state since September 2008.
"Galveston County is making important strides in its cleanup operations," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "This federal grant provides vital supplemental funding to the county."
FEMA responds to all eligible requests for assistance through the Public Assistance program.? For more Public Assistance information by county, go to www.fema.gov/ike and click on the Disaster Statistics button.
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