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EPA Announces $3.1 Million in Grants to Clean Up Contaminated Sites in Illinois

Release Date: 05/29/2012
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, 312-886-7613, arcaute.francisco@epa.gov

For Immediate Release No. 12-OPA033

EPA Announces $3.1 Million in Grants to Clean Up Contaminated Sites in Illinois

(CHICAGO – May 29, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $3.1 million in grants to redevelop contaminated properties, create jobs and protect public health in Illinois. These “brownfield grants” are used to assess and clean up abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

"EPA's brownfield grants will spur redevelopment in Illinois," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman. “These grants will help prepare contaminated properties for productive uses.”

The Illinois brownfield grants were distributed as follows:

    Antioch, Site Assessment, Hazardous Substances, $200,000
    Midlothian, Site Assessment, $400,000
    Ottawa, Site Assessment, $400,000
    Rockford, Cleanup, Depot site, $200,000
    Rockford, Cleanup, Lorden/Eclipse site, $200,000
    Rockford, Cleanup, Former Tapco site, $200,000
    Stephenson County, Cleanup, Former Mortuary site, $200,000
    Illinois EPA, Revolving Loan Fund, $800,000
    South Suburban Mayors and Managers’ Association, Revolving Loan Fund, $500,000


The Illinois grants are part of the EPA’s $69.3 million 2012 nationwide brownfields grants to clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies, create jobs and protect public health.

See a list of all awarded brownfields grants by state: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/

More information on EPA’s brownfields program: www.epa.gov/brownfields/

More information on brownfields success stories: www.epa.gov/brownfields/success/index.htm