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City of Spartanburg to Receive EPA Funds to Give New Life to Old Properties

Release Date: 05/01/2008
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. –May 1, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize the City of Spartanburg on Friday, May 2, 2008 in Spartanburg, S.C. as recipients 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.

Who: EPA Region 4 Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Russell L. Wright, Jr.

          City of Spartanburg Mayor William Barnet III

What: Award EPA Brownfields Grants to the City of Spartanburg

When: Friday, May 2, 2008, 11:00 a.m.

Where: Spartanburg City Hall
145 W. Broad St.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29306

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

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