EPA Awards More Than $4 Million to Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska to Revitalize Blighted Communities
More than $4 million in brownfields grant money was announced today by EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson to clean up and assess properties in nine communities and one state in Region 7. Springfield, Mo., was also selected to receive money to lend to eligible organizations for brownfields cleanup.
“Both urban and rural settings have been improved, from places in our inner cities to fields along our farmlands. For every one acre of reused brownfields, an estimated four and a half acres of unused green space is preserved,” said Region 7 Administrator John B. Askew.
The Region 7 brownfields grantees selected to receive money are:
Clinton, Iowa $200,000 Cleanup Grant
Marion, Iowa $200,000 Cleanup Grant
Marshalltown, Iowa $400,000 Assessment Grants
Aurora, Mo. $200,000 Cleanup Grant
Kansas City Port Authority $400,000 Cleanup Grants
Kansas City, Mo. $400,000 Assessment Grants
Kansas City, Mo. $200,000 Cleanup Grant
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources $400,000 Assessment Grants
Springfield, Mo. $200,000 Assessment Grant
Springfield, Mo. $1,000,000 Revolving Loan Fund
Creighton University, Neb. $200,000 Cleanup Grant
Harvard, Neb. $140,580 Assessment Grant
Valentine, Neb., Cherry County
Economic Development Board $184,935 Assessment Grant
Nationwide, EPA awarded $70.7 million to help brownfields throughout the country bloom into productivity. Communities in 38 states were selected to receive brownfields grants to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from underutilized properties to productive community use.
Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse might be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
This year, 202 applicants nationally were selected to receive 294 assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants.
Go to www.epa.gov/brownfields for more information on the grant recipients.
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