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EPA Announces $600,000 to Clean up Brownfield Sites in Wisconsin

Contact Information: 
Joshua Singer (singer.joshua@epa.gov)

(CHICAGO – July 12, 2016) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $600,000 in supplemental funding to clean up Brownfield sites in Wisconsin.

"EPA’s Brownfield program will help Wisconsin revitalize distressed properties, improve public health, create jobs and boost local economic opportunities," said EPA Region 5 Acting Superfund Director Douglas Ballotti. “EPA’s funds often make the difference that helps leverage private sector resources to make cleanups and reuse of properties possible.”

EPA awarded $300,000 to the City of Racine to clean up contamination in “Machinery Row,” a historic 20-acre downtown riverfront property. EPA funding will help the city provide loans to clean up hazardous waste so that the property can be redeveloped.

EPA also awarded a $300,000 grant to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to clean up sites that are contaminated with petroleum. One of the sites that will be cleaned up is the former Chrysler Engine Plant in Kenosha, a 107-acre site with soil and groundwater contamination.

EPA provides supplemental funding to grantees that have shown success in using previous Brownfield grants and need additional funding to continue cleanups.  These projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment.  

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