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City of Rome to Receive EPA Funds for Community Revitalization

Release Date: 05/08/2008
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353,

(Atlanta, Ga. – May 8, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize the City of Rome on Monday, May 12, 2008 in Rome, Ga. as recipients of $400,000 in EPA brownfields grants to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use. Additionally, EPA awarded five other communities in Georgia with $950,000 in brownfields grants. Those include Washington, Louisville, Hinesville, the Downtown Development Authority of Social Circle, and the Jefferson County Development Authority.

Who: EPA Region 4 Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Russell L. Wright, Jr.

          Rome City Manager John Bennet

What: Award EPA Brownfields Grants to the City of Rome

When: Monday, May 12, 2008, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Rome City Hall
601 Broad St.
Rome, Ga. 30162-1433

Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America's estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. Since the beginning of the program, EPA has awarded 1,255 assessment grants totaling more than $298 million, 230 revolving loan fund grants totaling about $217 million, and 426 cleanup grants totaling $78.7 million.

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