$26 Million+ Investment Coming to Arizona for Environmental Cleanup from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Sinema and shaped by Kelly provides Arizona over $26.2 million in 2022 to clean up abandoned oil and gas well sites causing pollution 

WASHINGTON – Over $26.2 million will be invested in Arizona environmental cleanup in 2022 from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema and shaped by Senator Mark Kelly.

The Administration announced the first phase of funding for legacy pollution from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law. Over $26.2 million in 2022 alone will be coming to Arizona to help clean up hazardous abandoned oil and gas well sites, causing dangerous pollution to Arizona communities. In addition to the $26.2 million announced today, Arizona will also be able to apply for competitive performance grant money.  

“Arizonans’ health, the safety of our communities, and future economic opportunities depend on clean air—which is why our bipartisan infrastructure law makes historic investments cleaning up dangerous abandoned oil and gas wells, cutting pollution and ensuring Arizona remains a great place to call home and do business,” said Sinema.

“Exposure to pollution from abandoned oil and gas well sites can risk public health for Arizona communities. Thanks to our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’ll soon see key investments in clean-up efforts that will help us protect the health and well-being of Arizonans across the state,” said Kelly. 

Sinema led bipartisan Senate negotiations with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio that included Senator Kelly and senators from both parties.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law invests nearly $16 billion to address legacy pollution, including $4.7 billion create to a new federal program addressing abandoned oil and gas wells, which dangerous pollute communities across Arizona—including rural and tribal communities. The historic investments to clean up these hazardous sites will create good-paying jobs, support economic growth, and reduce pollution.

The bipartisan infrastructure law was supported by groups including The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, The National Association of Manufacturers, The AFL-CIO, The National Retail Federation, The Bipartisan Policy Center, North America’s Building Trades Unions, the Outdoor Industry Association, The American Hotel and Lodging Association, The National Education Association, as well as hundreds of mayors across all 50 states.