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EPA Awards City of Spartanburg with Grants to Revitalize Old Properties

Release Date: 05/02/2008
Contact Information: Laura Niles, 404-562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – May 2, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the City of Spartanburg today in Spartanburg, S.C. as the recipient of $400,000 in EPA brownfields grants to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use.

Additionally, EPA awarded four other communities in South Carolina with $1.2 million in brownfields grants. Those include Aiken County, Anderson County, Richland County, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in Anderson. In the Southeast, 31 communities have been selected to receive brownfields grants to assess, cleanup and redevelop properties. Nationally, 43 states, two tribes and two U.S. Territories will share more than $74 million in brownfields grants.

Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America's estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. Since the beginning of the program, EPA has awarded 1,255 assessment grants totaling more than $298 million, 230 revolving loan fund grants totaling about $217 million, and 426 cleanup grants totaling $78.7 million.

More information on the grant recipients: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields