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EPA Announces $1.3 Million for Brownfield Cleanups and Job Training in Milwaukee
Release Date: 09/20/2012
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(MILWAUKEE – September 20, 2012) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Susan Hedman today joined Mayor Tom Barrett at the Century City business park on the west side of Milwaukee to announce brownfield grants totaling $1.3 million to redevelop contaminated properties, create employment opportunities and provide job training.
"These EPA grants are an investment in Milwaukee's future,” said Hedman. “They will be used to make the environment healthier and the economy stronger.”
"A century of industrial work left this land with real issues that had to be addressed before we could bring new jobs to this location," Mayor Tom Barrett said. "The EPA has been a strong partner in our efforts."
“We take pride in our success helping Wisconsin communities revitalize old brownfield properties,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “So it’s very exciting to see the progress at Century City and we look forward to a future for Milwaukee that includes a renewed and economically vibrant 30th Street Corridor.”
Century City is the 84-acre city-owned business park where Tower Automotive once produced auto frames, military equipment and electric motors. The City's redevelopment authority will receive a $400,000 brownfield grant to clean up petroleum contamination at Century City, bringing the total of EPA brownfield funding for this site to $2.35 million.
In addition EPA is awarding the City of Milwaukee:
- · $200,000 for environmental job training. The City will use this funding to train at least 80 Milwaukee residents for environmental remediation work and other green jobs.
In 2012, EPA brownfield grants totaled approximately $69 million nationwide. Since 1998, EPA has awarded over $15 million in brownfield grants to Milwaukee.
See a list of all awarded brownfield grants by state: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/
More information on EPA’s brownfields program: www.epa.gov/brownfields/
More information on brownfield success stories: www.epa.gov/brownfields/success/index.htm