The EPA, on Thursday, awarded grants for 132 community air pollution monitoring projects primarily in communities of color as well as other communities overburdened by fossil fuel and other industrial pollution. “The money is headed where it’s needed the most to communities who’ve been on the front lines of pollution for generations,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan told reporters Wednesday. Of the $53.4 million awarded, nearly $500,000 will go to monitoring pollution hotspots in Lousiana’s Cancer Alley. The grants, spanning 34 states, are funded by the Inflation Reduction Act as well as a COVID relief plan passed last year. PoliticoPro reports the grants will go to 23 tribes, 60 community organizations and nonprofit groups, 42 state, county, and local governments, and seven regional organizations and housing authorities. (AP, Politico Pro $, The Hill)