Jun 17 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the South Carolina Department of Public Safety a $1.99 million grant to help combat violence against women. The STOP Violence Against Women program encourages the development and implementation of effective, victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution, and court strategies to address violent crimes against women. The program is a partnership among law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim advocacy organizations to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable for their crimes against women. “It’s truly unfortunate that South Carolina has one of the highest rates in the nation of murder committed by men against their wives or partner,” said Graham. “We can and need to do better. I hope and believe this grant is a step in the right direction. We must protect the safety and security of our citizens and hold criminals accountable for their actions.”

Jun 13 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control a $2.23 million grant. The funds will be used for chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts in the state. “This is good news for South Carolina,” said Graham. “Protecting public health of our citizens is a solid investment in the future.”

Jun 12 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has released funds for South Carolina. Graham announced the earmarks when they were approved by Congress in February.
  • $2,000,000 to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for improvements to US 17/521 in Georgetown;
  • $1,000,000 to SCDOT for the Railroad Avenue Extension in Berkeley County;
  • $496,750 to SCDOT for improvements to the I-26 Little Mountain Interchange in Greenville;
  • $250,000 to the Partnership for Tomorrow for a rail relocation study in Greer. This project would eliminate rail crossings, and open land for economic development or recreation purposes.
“The budget passed by Congress earlier this year demonstrated fiscal discipline and stayed within the budget request of the President,” said Graham. “The projects awarded to South Carolina were based on merit, and will greatly benefit our state. I'm glad the Department of Transportation is now releasing the funds to the state so these projects can move forward.”

Jun 12 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded the University of South Carolina Research Foundation a $555,000 grant to support the Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves program. The money will be used to support the National Estuarine Research Reserves System (NERRS). The NERRS program helps to sustain healthy coasts by improving the nation's understanding and stewardship of estuaries. Nationally, there are 25 protected areas, two of which are located in South Carolina: the Ace Basin Reserve and the North Inlet/Winyah Bay Reserve. Each reserve is a ‘living laboratory’ in which scientists conduct research and educators communicate research results. Reserve staff members work with local communities and regional groups to address natural resource management issues, such as non-point source pollution, habitat restoration and invasive species. Through integrated research and education, the reserves help communities develop strategies to deal successfully with coastal resource issues. “South Carolina’s coast is one of our most valuable resources,” said Graham. “It is important that we protect its natural beauty, and support programs that conduct scientific research and increase public awareness.” ####

Jun 12 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the Medical University of South Carolina another $1.3 million for continued research by the Environmental Biosciences program. The total money to date from the federal government is $2.55 million. The program, with scientists, research physicians, and environmental professionals from 10 different academic disciplines, focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms of environmentally-induced diseases. The program also seeks to lessen risks to humans from potentially toxic environmental exposures. “We’re fortunate to have great research institutions such as MUSC in the state,” said Graham. “They make an important contribution to protecting public health.” #####

Jun 12 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced one grant and one contract for Aiken County.
  • Montmorenci-Couchton Water and Sewer District has been awarded a $196,800 loan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office. The funds will be used to install approximately 8,300 feet of waterline and 2 fire hydrants. The new waterline will reinforce the existing system and boost pressure in areas where water flow is currently marginal. It will also provide potable water to residential customers.
  • United Defense of York, Pennsylvania has been awarded a $3.93 million increment of a $770 million contract for 35 M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and 103 M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Five percent of the work, approximately $196,500, will be performed at United Defense in Aiken.
“The Montmorenci-Couchton loan will help provide clean water to many homes and businesses in Aiken County,” said Graham. “Infrastructure improvements such as this also help the country attract future economic development.” “The employees of United Defense are helping to win the war against terrorism,” said Graham. “It’s great to see Aiken County and South Carolina playing a vital role in supporting our armed services and men and women in uniform.”

Jun 12 2003

WASHINGTON -- United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded South Carolina State University (SCSU) the first installment of a five-year, $225,000 grant to support nuclear engineering. The first installment of $45,000, and all future installments expected to be of a similar amount, will have to be matched with private funds. “South Carolina is a leader in nuclear technology and nuclear power,” said Graham. “We’re fortunate to have the crown jewel of the Department of Energy located in our state, the Savannah River Site. We’re also one of the most pro-nuclear states in the union with seven nuclear reactors producing electricity.” The funds will be used to assist both graduate and undergraduate students in the nuclear engineering field by purchasing personal computers and nuclear engineering software. Funds can also be used for tests and experiments in the nuclear engineering field. “If we’re serious about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, nuclear energy is the best alternative,” said Graham. “It’s one of the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly energy producing options available.”

Jun 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded seven new grants totaling $5.123 million to bolster port security in Charleston and Georgetown. The Office of Domestic Preparedness awarded six of the grants:
  • $3.79 million for Charleston County to support port security;
  • $590,500 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for Georgetown;
  • $274,000 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for Charleston;
  • $250,000 to the Maritime Association of the Port of Charleston;
  • $219,000 for APN Terminals.
“Protecting South Carolina’s ports from potential security threats is one of the most important issues our state faces in a post September 11th world,” said Graham. “Thousands of people live and work around our ports. The safety of South Carolinians is priority number one and these funds will help ensure our ports remain safe, and open for business.” Graham noted that this is the second round of grant announcements this week for port security. Earlier in the week, DHS awarded a $1.7 million grant to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for security enhancements at the Port of Charleston.

Jun 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the city of Summerville a $34,344 grant for fire prevention programs. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help the fire department with their public education and awareness activities, fire code enforcement activities, fire inspection certificates, purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems, wildland fire mitigation and arson prevention and detection activities. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The Assistance program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.

Jun 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the city of Cordova $148,401 for a new fire tanker. The tanker will hold up to 1,800 gallons of water. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The Assistance program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in their communities. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.