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EPA administrator coming to Wilmington on Monday

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U.S. Senator Tom Carper, D-Delaware, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, will host U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan in Delaware to highlight work funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

For the day’s events, Carper and Regan will be joined by Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware.

The day will begin at Teen Warehouse to tour their facilities to learn about their electric vehicle-to-grid bus and V2G bus program. The program helps local teens learn more about electric vehicle technology and develop the skills needed to fill future electric vehicle jobs.

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The VTG program is part of an effort that would store electricity from electric vehicles with excess electricity going back into the grid.

The event will highlight EPA’s $5 billion clean school bus program, which is authorized and funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Carper and Regan will then go to the City of Wilmington Renewable Energy and Biosolids Facility. They will tour the site with the plant operator and Wilmington Public Works leaders. Construction of the Renewable Energy and Biosolids Facility was made possible by a $36 million loan through the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund in 2012. Senator Carper authored language in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to strengthen the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and establish new EPA grant programs to assist with such projects.

The final stop of the Wilmington tour will be at a New Castle County Christina River Force Main site. Administrator Regan and the congressional delegation will visit the site with County Executive Matt Meyer and city officials. They will hear about plans to upgrade the wastewater system that serves 100,000 residents and learn how the county conducts water testing to protect public health.

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