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More than $2 Million Goes to Revitalizing Properties

Release Date: 07/26/2007
Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, 202-564-4355 / smith.roxanne@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – July 26, 2007) Nine state or local governments are receiving supplemental grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help return problem properties to productive use. Approximately $2.2 million is being awarded to brownfields revolving loan funds grantees. Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

“Through our brownfields program, EPA continues to sow the seeds of environmental and economic success,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “Today’s grants reflect the Bush Administration’s ongoing commitment of transforming blighted areas into sources of community rebirth.”

In January 2002, President Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, which authorizes annual funding for brownfields grants. EPA's brownfields program provides funding to state, local and tribal governments to make low interest loans and subgrants that fund cleanup activities at brownfields sites. Since 1997, grant recipients have executed 114 loans and awarded 13 subgrants to support brownfields cleanup totaling more than $53 million. The loan funds have leveraged more than $780 million in public and private cleanup and redevelopment investment.

More information on brownfields cleanup revolving loan fund pilots and grants: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/rlflst.htm

General information on EPA's Brownfields program: http://epa.gov/brownfields/

The following state and local governments have been selected to receive the brownfields supplemental money.

California
Oakland ($165,000)

Connecticut
Bridgeport ($250,000)

Florida
Hillsborough County ($400,000)

Illinois
Rockford ($200,000)

Massachusetts
Worcester ($100,000)

Minnesota
Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development ($250,000)

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services ($150,000)

Oklahoma
Oklahoma City ($250,000)

Washington
Washington Dept. of Community, Trade and Economic Development ($500,000)