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EPA Presents $200,000 to Carter Lake, Iowa, and $400,000 to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in Brownfields Funding

Release Date: 06/17/2008
Contact Information: Belinda Young, (913) 551-7463,

Pictured left to right are: Mayor Russ Kramer, Carter Lake, Iowa; Wayne Brincks, agriculture representative for Congressman Steve King (Iowa); John Askew, EPA Region 7 administrator; Mayor Thomas Hanafan, Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Mel Pins, brownfields coordinator for Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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(Kansas City, Kan., June 17, 2008) - EPA Regional Administrator John Askew will present a $200,000 check to Carter Lake, Iowa, and a $400,000 check to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to assess hazardous substances and petroleum under the Brownfields Program. Carter Lake and Council Bluffs were among the 26 applicants in Region 7 selected to apply for brownfields funding in 2008.

Carter Lake will use its assessment funds to inventory petroleum at brownfield sites in the metro area and to conduct 14 to 15 Phase I and approximately four Phase II environmental site assessments along with community outreach.

Council Bluffs will use its funding to conduct 10 Phase I and six Phase II environmental site assessments in the South Main Brownfields Project area to address hazardous substances and to conduct community outreach. Council Bluffs will also address potential petroleum contamination.

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."

WHO: John Askew, EPA Region 7 Administrator

WHAT: EPA Check Presentations in Carter Lake, Iowa, and Council Bluffs, Iowa

WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Owen Memorial Library, 1120 Willow Drive, Carter Lake, Iowa

EPA's Brownfields Program enables eligible states, cities, towns, counties, territories, and tribes to capitalize on assessment, cleanup and revolving loan funds that will be used to clean up brownfields and facilitate their sustainable reuse.

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

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