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EPA Designates $4 Million to Brownfield Sites






Brownfield sites across the United States, abandoned or underused industrial/commercial facilities contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, have been designated $4 million by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across the country to assist with the cleanup and reuse of brownfield properties. Funding is part of the Brownfields Area-Wide (BF AWP) Planning program, which aims to promote community revitalization and stimulate the local economy.

In 2010, the EPA launched the BF AWP pilot program; thus far the EPA's brownfield investments have leveraged more than $19 billion in cleanup and redevelopment. Over the years, the relatively small investment of federal funding has been able to leverage more than 87,000 jobs from both public and private sources.

"EPA continues to respond to Brownfields challenges in communities of every size by encouraging strong public-private partnerships and promoting innovative and creative ways to assess, clean up and redevelop Brownfields sites," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "The area-wide planning approach recognizes that revitalization of the area surrounding the Brownfields sites is critical to the successful reuse of the property as cleanup and redevelopment of an individual site. The locally-driven planning process will help communities create a shared vision for and commitment to revitalization."

The EPA will award up to $200,000 per recipient so they can engage the community and conduct brownfield planning activities for an area, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, city block, former industrial area or local commercial corridor.

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