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Nearly $2.9 million in federal funds allocated for education, work, agriculture and environment in Puerto Rico

By on October 2, 2018

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González (Courtesy)

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced Tuesday federal allocations for the island totaling nearly $2.9 million from the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Education Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The USDA Office of Rural Development allocated nearly $1.4 million for the island under various agency programs. Of this allocation, the majority is for “working capital to produce coffee, packed fresh lettuce, processed meats, gelatos, flavored UTH packaged milk and for extracting medicinal herbs,” according to the congresswoman’s release.

Some $20,000 will be allocated as part of the business development program to provide technical assistance to students and veterans at the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Stattion in Ceiba, as well as Guayama. As part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), $407,420 will be allocated for the purchase and installation of solar systems to help farmers and small businesses develop renewable energy systems.

Meanwhile, the EPA approved $409,668 toward Clean Air Act efforts and to help the Environmental Quality Board to operate and maintain its air quality network. The work will involve air quality sampling and generation of representative air quality data.

“To make it easier for parents to continue with higher education, the Department of Education allocated $163,227.00 to the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and $470,184.00 to the Metropolitan University under the Child Care Access Program Means Parents in School Program,” which supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education programs by providing on-campus child care, the release explained.

OSHA allocated $149,904 to the University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Sciences Campus for health and safety training and an educational material development program that aims to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths.

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