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EPA to Recognize Macon-Bibb County, Ga. for Receiving $400,000 to Assess Contaminated Sites and Revitalize the Community

Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris Young (harris-young.dawn@epa.gov)
404-562-8421, 404-562-8400

ATLANTA - On Thursday, June 18, 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney will recognize Macon-Bibb County, Ga. as the recipient of Brownfields grant investments totaling $400,000 for contamination assessment ($200,000 assessment grant for hazardous substances and $200,000 assessment grant for petroleum).

The grants, funded by EPA's Brownfields program, help recipients to conduct assessments on Brownfields properties. The investments continue to provide communities with necessary funding to help clean up America's land, boost local economies and create jobs while protecting public health.

Who: EPA Regional Administrator, Heather McTeer Toney
Macon-Bibb County Mayor, Robert A. B. Reichert
Sanco Sanitary Solutions President, Garry Williams

What: EPA Brownfields Grant Recognition for Macon-Bibb County, Ga.

When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Sanco Sanitary Solutions
1001 7th Street
Macon, Ga.

EPA's Brownfields grants provide resources early which is critical for the success of communities' ability to leverage additional partnerships and resources. The community leaders - represented by local governments, states, tribes, quasi-governmental organizations, and non-profit entities have demonstrated strong partnerships and plan to leverage the EPA grants with other public-private investments. They use an inclusive process to help spur the redevelopment of vacant, former manufacturing and commercial sites for broader revitalization in their downtowns. This results in a transformed economy and environment while addressing poverty and economic distress.

Since the inception of the EPA's Brownfields 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. EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields sites.

For information on brownfields grants by state: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/

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

More information on brownfields success stories: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/success/index.htm

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