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EPA to Announce $400,000 in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Brownfields, Create Jobs in Talladega, Alabama

Release Date: 05/20/2009
Contact Information: : Carl Terry, 404-562-8325, terry.carl@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – May 20, 2009) On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the City of Talladega, Ala., to clean up brownfields sites. The funding will be used to revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use, and creating green jobs in the process. This is the first investment of EPA Recovery Act funds in Talladega.

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Feb. 17, 2009, and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can see how every dollar is being invested at Recovery.gov.

WHAT: EPA Brownfields Recovery Act funding awarded to the City of Talladega

WHO: Beverly Banister, EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator;

      The Honorable Brian York, Mayor of Talladega;
      Michael Stampfler, City Manager;
          Gerald Hardy, Chief of the Land Division, Alabama Department of Environmental Management;
          Bill Curtis, Executive Director, East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission;
          Ellen Austin, Community Development Director, East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission; and
          John Paradise, Local Government Liaison, Alabama Department of Revenue.

WHEN: Friday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Wehadkee Yarn Mill Site
203 West South Street