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EPA provides $297K to Salt Lake County to advance the cleanup and revitalization of properties in Meadowbrook in Millcreek Township

Contact Information: 
U.S. EPA: Danny Heffernan (heffernan.daniel@epa.gov)
U.S. EPA: Richard Mylott (mylott.richard@epa.gov)
Salt Lake County: Emily Farmer Economic Development Manager

Funds part of $54 million to clean up and redevelop Brownfields sites across the country

(Denver, Colo. - May 28, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Salt Lake County $297,850 in Brownfields grant funding to expand local efforts to assess, clean up and redevelop properties in the community of Meadowbrook in Millcreek Township. Today's announcement is among 243 EPA grant investments totaling $54.3 million to 147 communities across the U.S. These grants will provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

Salt Lake County will use the EPA Brownfields grant to assess properties located adjacent to and near Big Cottonwood Creek and advance redevelopment plans for the area. Potential properties include underground storage tank sites, automotive-related businesses and commercial and industrial properties that were used for cement, paving materials, recycling, fertilizer and chemical manufacturing, and demolition and excavation operations. The assessment of these properties will help identify and address soil and groundwater contamination, reduce pollution entering Big Cottonwood Creek, and create new opportunities for property redevelopment in an area that is growing rapidly due to its proximity to two light rail stations.

"EPA Brownfields grants open doors by helping communities like Meadowbrook transform blighted properties into public and economic assets," said EPA regional administrator, Shaun McGrath. "These types of investments address contamination, improve our water resources, and create new opportunities for people to live, play, and do business."

There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites in the United States. EPA's Brownfields program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse these brownfields sites. Since the inception of the program in 1995, cumulative brownfield program investments have leveraged more than $22 billion from a variety of public and private sources for cleanup and redevelopment activities. This equates to an average of $17.79 leveraged per EPA brownfield dollar expended. These investments have resulted in approximately 105,942 jobs nationwide.

More information on Brownfields grants by state: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/

More Brownfields information:
Program http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/
Success Stories http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/success/index.htm