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Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Selected to Receive Nearly $5 Million to Revitalize Blighted Communities

Release Date: 04/07/2008
Contact Information: Belinda Young, (913) 551-7463,

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(Kansas City, Kan., April 7, 2008) - Nearly $5 million in Brownfields grant money was announced today by EPA to assess or clean up properties in more than 16 communities and one state in Region 7. This is the highest number of proposals selected for possible award in Region 7 since passage of the January 2002 Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. This Amendment authorized up to $250 million in funds annually for Brownfields grants.

Regional Administrator John Askew said, "Both urban and rural settings have been improved, from places in our inner cities to fields along our farmlands. For every one acre of reused Brownfields, an estimated four and a half acres of unused green space is preserved."

The Brownfields grantees selected to submit final applications are:

Carter Lake, Iowa; $200,000; Assessment Grant
Cedar Rapids, Iowa; $200,000; Cleanup Grant
Clinton, Iowa; $600,000; Assessment & Cleanup Grants
Coralville, Iowa; $397,000; Assessment Grants
Council Bluffs, Iowa; $400,000; Assessment Grants
Muscatine, Iowa; $400,000; Assessment Grants
Perry, Iowa; $200,000; Cleanup Grant
Waterloo, Iowa; $200,000; Cleanup Grant
Kansas City, Mo.; $200,000; Cleanup Grant
Springfield, Mo.; $200,000; Cleanup Grant
St. Louis, Mo.; $533,360; Assessment and Cleanup Grants
Lincoln, Neb.; $600,000; Cleanup Grants
Sarpy County, Neb.; $200,000; Assessment Grant
Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission; $200,000; Assessment Grant
Iowa Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission; $200,000; Assessment Grant
Kansas Department of Health and Environment; $200,000; Assessment Grant

Nationwide, a total of 209 applicants were selected to receive 314 assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants, totaling more than $74 million in Brownfields funding.

Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse might be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

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More information on the grant announcement
More information on Region 7 successful applicants