July 25, 2008 - Markey: Boston Region to Receive $17 million in Homeland Security Funding
"This funding is an indication that the Homeland Security Department recognizes the unique security challenges faced by the Boston area. Not only is the Boston area key to the economic vitality of Massachusetts and the entire New England region, but our busy cargo port is home to the nation's only urban liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation terminal, which presents special security risks and costs," said Rep. Markey.
On June 10, 2008, Rep. Markey coordinated a letter to DHS Secretary Chertoff, which was signed by all the members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, in strong support of the Boston UASI's application for grant funding. [link to letter]
Last year, the Boston UASI Region received $14.21 million from the UASI program and this year, the region is receiving $13.78 million from the UASI program, coupled with $3.105 million from the RCPGP program for a total of $16.885 million in funding.
Since June of 2003, the Boston metro area, which is considered a high-threat region, has received $96 million through the DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) in order to further develop its ability to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events.
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July 25, 2008
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