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EPA Region 8 communities receive nearly $2.4 million in Brownfields grants

Release Date: 6/15/2004
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      Denver -- As part of the Environmental Protection Agency's ongoing efforts to promote economic revitalization while safeguarding the environment and public health, the agency is awarding a record $75.4 million in Brownfields grants to communities nationwide. Eleven communities in Montana, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota will share a total grant amount of $2,377,538.
Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The uncertainties surrounding liability and cleanup costs can discourage investors and developers. The Brownfields program has revolutionized the way the federal government manages the process of prevention, assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated property.

By encouraging redevelopment of hundreds of thousands of America's abandoned and contaminated waste sites, EPA's Brownfields program has leveraged more than $5.8 billion in private investment, helped create more than 27,000 jobs and resulted in the assessment of more than 4,500 properties.

The EPA Region 8 states will receive a combination of assessment and cleanup grants. Assessment grants provide funding for grant recipients to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites.

Eligible applicants may apply for up to $200,000 to assess a site contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and up to $200,000 to address a site contaminated by petroleum.

Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. Eligible applicants may apply for up to $200,000 per site.

Region 8 communities receiving grants are:

Assessment Grants
City of Louisville -- $200,000
Ouray County -- $200,000

Beartooth Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. - $200,000
City of Missoula -- $200,000

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (petroleum only) -- $200,000
City of Woods Cross (petroleum only) -- $200,000

Cleanup Grants
Mineral County Fairgrounds Association -- $200,000
Summit County -- $195,000

City of Missoula -- $182,538
Powell County -- $200,000

North Dakota
City of Dickinson -- $200,000

South Dakota
Sioux Falls -- $200,000

More information about the EPA Brownfields program can be found at: