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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency To Announce $4 Million For Brownfields

Release Date: 10/14/2010
Contact Information: Jayna Legg, (312) 353-0562; legg.jayna@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 10-OPA127

(CHICAGO – Oct. 15, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will announce Friday it is awarding $4 million in assistance to 23 communities - including Cleveland, Ohio - to develop area-wide plans for the reuse of brownfields properties.

Mathy Stanislaus, EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, will announce the grants at an event in Cleveland, along with Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This new pilot program will help facilitate community involvement in developing plans for brownfields-impacted areas. These pilot projects are being done through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which brings EPA, HUD and the Department of Transportation together to coordinate federal actions on housing, transportation and environmental protection. Brownfields are properties where the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants may complicate expansion, redevelopment or reuse.

Who: Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s office of solid waste and emergency response; Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich; Rep. Marcia L. Fudge; Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Ron Ecker, director of planning for Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
Time: 9 - 10 a.m. EDT
Date: Friday, Oct. 15
Place: NOACA headquarters, 1299 Superior Ave. (at East 13th Street) in downtown Cleveland

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities ensures that the agencies’ policies, programs, and funding consider affordable housing, transportation, and environmental protection together. This interagency collaboration gets better results for communities and uses taxpayer money more efficiently. Coordinating federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services meets multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives with each dollar spent. The partnership is helping communities across the country to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.

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

More information on the partnership: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/partnership_year1.pdf