The Christie administration yesterday said it is looking to give $25 million in federal funds to 146 municipalities, counties, and government facilities and services so they can upgrade their energy systems and avert outages during extreme weather.
The funds, allocated from the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, are targeting police and fire stations, emergency operations centers, wastewater treatment plants, and other critical resources.
But skeptics question just what benefits will be achieved by the program, saying it is a mere drop in the bucket of the money needed to address resiliency issues facing local government units.
During the superstorm last October, many of critical facilities lost power for more than a week at a time, some with disastrous consequences. Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s treatment plant was completely flooded by the storm, an event that led to the discharge of hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the state’s waterways.
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