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ENVIRO-NEWS  May 2005

ENVIRO-NEWS May 2005

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$75.9 Million in Brownfield Grants Announced

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Joe Makuch <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 12 May 2005 10:36:57 -0400

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-----Original Message-----
From: EPANEWS [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:02 AM
To: EPA news releases
Subject: [epanews] News Release: $75.9 Million in Brownfield Grants
Announced

News for Release:  Tuesday, May 10, 2005

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

$75.9 Million in Brownfield Grants Announced

Contact:  Dale Kemery, 202-564-4355 / [log in to unmask]


(Washington, D.C. -- May 10, 2005) Communities in 44 states will share
more than $75 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
brownfields grants to help revitalize former industrial and commercial
sites, transforming them from problem properties into community assets.

"The Brownfields Program puts both property and people back to work,"
EPA Administrator Steve Johnson said.  "These grants will help
communities across America convert eyesores into engines of economic
rebirth."

Brownfields are sites where potentially harmful contaminants may be
impeding revitalization.  The Small Business Liability Relief and
Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 authorizes up to $250 million in
funds annually for brownfields grants.  That law broadened the
definition of a brownfield to include mine-scarred lands, sites
contaminated by petroleum or areas polluted by the manufacture of
illegal drugs.

In addition to the grants being announced today, participants in the
brownfields program gain access to the expertise and other resources
from more than 20 federal agencies.  There are four categories of grants
being awarded with 218 applicants, including three tribal nations,
selected to receive 302 grants totaling $75.9 million.  These include:

*     172 assessment grants, worth $33.6 million, to assess and plan for
eventual cleanup at one or more brownfield sites;
*     106 cleanup grants, totaling $19.3 million, for recipients to
clean up brownfield sites they own;
*     13 revolving loan fund grants, totaling $20.8 million, which
communities use to make low-interest loans for the cleanup of brownfield
sites;
*     11 job-training grants, valued at $2.2 million, for environmental
training of people who live in brownfield communities.

More than 60 percent of the people completing brownfields training
programs have landed jobs in the environmental field.

The Brownfields Program promotes redevelopment of America's estimated
450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites.  Since its inception in
1995, the program has awarded 709 assessment grants totaling over $190
million, 189 revolving loan fund grants worth more than $165 million,
and $26.8 million for 150 cleanup grants.

In addition to promoting industrial and commercial redevelopment,
brownfields projects have converted industrial waterfronts to riverfront
parks, landfills to golf courses, rail corridors to recreational trails,
and gas station sites to housing.  EPA's brownfields assistance has led
to more than $7 billion in public and private investment in cleanup and
redevelopment, helped create more than 31,000 jobs, and resulted in the
assessment of more than 5,100 properties.

For more information on the grant recipients, go to:
http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/archive/pilot_arch.htm .  For more
information on brownfields in general, go to:
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields .


R077

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