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EPA awards $18 million in Brownfields grants to 56 communities in Great Lakes states

Release Date: 04/08/2008
Contact Information: Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050, hans.mick@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 08-OPA050

CHICAGO (April 8, 2008) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today awarded a total of 87 Brownfields grants totaling $18.6 million to 56 communities and organizations in EPA Region 5, the Great Lakes states.

Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of pollution or hazardous substances. The grants were awarded competitively in three categories: hazardous substances assessment/cleanup, petroleum assessment/cleanup, and revolving loan funds.

EPA Region 5's 2008 grantees, number of grants and total value include:

Illinois:

  • Blue Island (2; $400,000),
  • Calumet City (2; $400,000),
  • Chicago (2; $400,000),
  • Housing Authority of East St. Louis ($200,000),
  • Metropolis ($200,000),
  • Ottawa (2; $400,000).

Indiana:
  • Elkhart ($200,000),
  • Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission (2; $400,000),
  • Indiana Finance Authority (2; $2 million),
  • Goshen ($200,000),
  • LaCasa of Goshen ($200,000),
  • Michigan City (2; $400,000),
  • Richmond ($200,000).

Michigan:
  • Allegan ($200,000),
  • Bay City ($200,000),
  • Calhoun County ($200,000)
  • Delta County (2; $400,000),
  • Detroit Wayne County Port Authority (2; $400,000),
  • Downriver Community Conference ($2 million),
  • Genesee County Land Bank Authority (2; $400,000),
  • Grand Rapids (2; $400,000),
  • Hamtramck (2; $400,000),
  • City of Jackson Brownfield Redevelopment Authority ($1 million),
  • Jackson County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (2; $400,000),
  • Kentwood ($200,000),
  • Keweenaw County ($200,000),
  • Leelanau County ($200,000),
  • Macomb County (2; $400,000),
  • Otsego County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority ($200,000),
  • Southfield Brownfield Redevelopment Authority ($200,000),
  • Three Rivers ($200,000),
  • Wyoming ($200,000).

Minnesota:
  • Minneapolis (2; $400,000),
  • South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority ($200,000),
  • St. Paul Port Authority (2; $400,000).

Ohio:
  • Akron (2; $400,000),
  • Anna ($132,770),
  • Ashtabula (2; $400,000),
  • Chillicothe (2; $400,000),
  • Circleville (2; $400,000),
  • Cleveland ($200,000),
  • Cuyahoga County ($400,000),
  • Elmore ($150,000),
  • Elyria ($400,000),
  • Findlay ($400,000),
  • Gahanna ($1 million),
  • Ohio Department of Development ($1.5 million),
  • Painesville ($200,000),
  • Sandusky ($200,000).

Wisconsin:
  • Ashland ($200,000),
  • Baraboo (3; $600,000),
  • Brown County Planning Commission (2; $400,000),
  • Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (2; $400,000),
  • Oshkosh ($200,000),
  • Prairie du Chien ($200,000),
  • West Allis (2, $400,000).

Nationally, 314 grants totaling more than $74 million were awarded to 209 different applicants. More information including a fact sheet for all the grantees is at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

The 2008 National Brownfields Conference will be held at Detroit's Cobo Center, May 5 to 7. The event is expected to draw more than 6,000 environmental and economic development officials, finance and insurance providers, risk managers, planners, attorneys, engineers and students. The conference is managed by the International City/County Management Association, in partnership with EPA. See more information at http://www.brownfields2008.org.
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