It's dirty work but somebody has to do it. That's why the city of Cincinnati
provides a free brownfield job training program to qualified people so they can become experts in dealing with lead, asbestos, mold and other hazardous substances. The eight-week job training program, funded by an EPA grant, just graduated 11 people who are now qualified environmental field technicians.
In two previous EPA-funded programs, 136 people graduated, 87 of whom are now working for some 40 employers. "It’s not just about handing out some free training; it’s about giving people - willing to work hard - a hand up," says Bonnie Phillips, one of the program's coordinators.
Writer: David Holthaus
Source: Bonnie Phillips, City of Cincinnati