USA: $150 million in port security grants

The US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced the release of US$150 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for port security.

Ms Napolitano claims the stimulus grants: "will enhance the resiliency of our critical infrastructure and improve our emergency response capabilities by supporting risk-based initiatives integral to our national security."

American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Kurt Nagle said that grant funds will further enhance the ability of America's seaports to protect their critical infrastructure while creating jobs and stimulating the economy at a time when the nation needs it most.

"These grants help protect America's ports as well as provide jobs and aid our economic recovery," Mr Nagle said.

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