Selected recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 - $600,000 in funding to work on individual sites or several sites within their community.
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Thanks to grant money earned in years past, the city has developed former brownfields into affordable housing projects and parks, like Mabel Davis Park. This grant-funded effort aligns with previous EPA funding awards that support transit-oriented redevelopment efforts along the transit line.
The EPA said it is committed to working with communities to redevelop these sites and that the grants, which it awarded to 172 communities Wednesday, are meant to "help communities turn abandoned sites into economic drivers".
The money will pay for two phases of assessment to determine if a site has hazardous materials in its ground or water or in an existing building, and can also be used to fund creation of a cleanup plan and the sometimes decades of reporting needed for the potentially environmentally risky sites.
"Determining the level of contamination will allow these properties to be remediated and returned to productive use, returning them to the tax rolls and allowing the private sector to create jobs there", Lance said. "EPA's Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed".
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"We have, through these grants, created and funded nearly 400 local full time jobs", said Adler. Brownfield sites are community assets due to their locations and associated infrastructure advantages.
Funding will be available starting in October, he said. They were among the 172 organizations across the nation that received Brownfields grants.
There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites in America. Brownfields assessment and cleanup activities bring sites strides closer to realizing their full potential, while protecting public health and the environment.
Studies have shown that residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15.2 percent and can increase property values within a one-mile radius of that site.
"This proposed rule is one of almost two dozen significant regulatory reform actions I have taken during my short time as EPA administrator to protect the environment, jobs and affordable, reliable energy", Pruitt said.