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Pacific Northwest Local Governments Receive $980,000 from EPA to Help Breathe New Life Into Former Industrial Properties

Release Date: 04/08/2008
Contact Information: Susan Morales, Brownfield Grant Program, (206) 553-7299, morales.susan@epa.gov Sylvia Kawabata, Brownfield Program, (206) 553-1078, Kawabata.sylvia@epa.gov Tony Brown, Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Seattle, Wash. – April 7, 2008) Local governments in the Pacific Northwest will receive nearly $1 million in EPA Brownfields Assessment funding to help breathe new life into contaminated properties and revitalize former industrial sites. Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

According to EPA officials, Brownfields Assessment Grants “offer a helping hand” to cities, counties and agencies who are already investing in community revitalization projects across the Northwest. Brownfields Grants program funding can cover site assessments, site cleanups and worker training.

The program is building on a national record of achievement, working in partnership locally to clean up contamination, convert industrial waterfronts to river-front parks, turn landfills into golf courses, develop rail corridors into recreational trails, and replace gas stations with affordable housing.

OREGON


The City of Portland - will use two $200,000 Brownfields assessment grants to perform 10 Phase I and 7 Phase II environmental site assessments, as well as support related community outreach activities. The City of Portland is also receiving an $180,000 cleanup grant to be used to cleanup the Rollin’s Tire site at 10738 SE Foster Road.

Portland Metro - will use their $200,000 assessment grant to conduct up to 20 Phase I and 6 Phase II environmental site assessments and support community outreach activities in the greater Portland metropolitan area.

Malheur County - will put their $150,000 assessment grant to work by assessing the former General Farm Supply Service Station site at 312 Main Street in the City of Nyssa. Brownfields funding will be used to determine the extent of petroleum contamination at the site and support community involvement activities.

WASHINGTON


The City of Bremerton - will use their $50,000 grant to cleanup the Robinson property (1118 Charleston Beach Road), which is contaminated with metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Grant funds will also be used to support site-related community involvement activities.

Links to fact sheets about the projects:
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/08arc/regional.htm#reg10

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