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EPA Administrator announces grants to clean up contaminated sites and revitalize communities

Photo of the Accident Fund headquarters building The lobby of the Accident Fund headquarters building

The June 6, 2011 announcement was made at the site of the new headquarters of Accident Fund Holdings in Lansing, Mich. What had been an abandoned power station was turned into state-of-the-art offices with the help of a previous EPA Brownfields grant.

Detailed information about the FY2011 grant recipients

EPA's brownfields program

Brownfields success stories

On June 6, 2011 in Lansing, Michigan, US EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced more than $76 million in new investments across the country that will help redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and help create jobs while protecting public health.

"Revitalizing our communities is vital to our health and the health of our local economies," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "The grants we're awarding to communities across America will support projects that will help create thousands of jobs and make our communities cleaner, healthier and more prosperous places to raise a family and start a business. They're part of our overall effort to clean up communities and put our nation on the path to a sustainable future."

EPA's Brownfields grants are used to assess and clean up abandoned industrial and commercial properties like deserted gas stations or closed smelters. These investments help leverage redevelopment, promote economic growth and lead to job creation. Brownfields grants also target under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods—places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.

Mayor Virg Bernero of Lansing and state and local officials joined Administrator Jackson at the event. Lansing is receiving a $1 million grant to be managed by the Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

"For a struggling auto community at the epicenter of the national economic economic crisis, we depend on the power of brownfields funding to energize Lansing's local economy and create jobs," said Mayor Bernero. "With the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who played a key role in an extraordinary public-private partnership, we have transformed an old, abandoned power plant on our downtown riverfront into a new engine of prosperity and job growth for Michigan. More than 1,500 people spent 800,000 work-hours to complete this massive project, and another thousand permanent jobs will be retained and created in Lansing over the next few years. With the additional funds announced today, we will be able to replicate this success and put even more of our citizens back to work."

Grant recipients in the Region 5 states are:

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