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HART to receive $500,000 for environmental assessments along rail line

Robert 'Aukai Reynolds
City & County of Honolulu - HART

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will pay half a million dollars for Honolulu’s rail authority to conduct environmental assessments along the rail line.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will receive a $500,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the EPA. The grants are part of President Biden’s infrastructure law.

A total of $1.5 billion will be spent across the nation to clean up brownfield properties — contaminated, polluted or hazardous sites.

HART’s project will focus on four sections: West Oʻahu Farrington Highway, Kamehameha Highway, the Honolulu airport and the Civic Center.

Some potentially contaminated properties include former sugar mills, food processing and canning facilities, and fertilizer processing and storage facilities.

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