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EPA Selects Communities in Alaska, Oregon and Washington for Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants

Program helps return blighted properties to productive reuse

05/31/2017
Contact Information: 
Suzanne Skadowski (skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov)
206-553-2160
Judy Smith (smith.judy@epa.gov)
503-326-6994

SEATTLE  --  EPA has selected communities in Alaska, Oregon and Washington for Brownfields environmental site assessment and cleanup grants. The grants, ranging from nearly $200,000 up to $600,000, will be used to conduct brownfield site assessments and cleanups to help redevelop vacant and underutilized properties, transforming them into an asset for both the community and the local economy while protecting public health and the environment. 

“EPA is committed to working with communities to redevelop Brownfields sites which have plagued their neighborhoods. EPA’s Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These grants leverage considerable infrastructure and other investments, improving local economies and creating an environment where jobs can grow. I am very pleased the President’s budget recognizes the importance of these grants by providing continued funding for this important program.”

City of Ontario, Oregon, Malheur County and partner cities Nyssa and Vale were selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $600,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/city-ontario-and-partners-selected-600000-brownfields-assessment-grants

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, and coalition partners - the cities of Newport and Toledo, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, and Lincoln County - were selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $600,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/oregon-cascades-west-council-governments-selected-600000-brownfields-assessment-grants

Rogue Valley Council of Governments and coalition partners Jackson County and the cities of Medford, Central Point and Grants Pass were selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $600,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/rogue-valley-council-governments-medford-and-grants-pass-selected-600000-brownfields

Port of Skagit was selected for a brownfields environmental site assessment grant totaling $195,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/port-skagit-selected-195000-brownfields-assessment-grants-0

Skamania County was selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $300,000.  https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/skamania-county-selected-300000-brownfields-assessment-grants

City of St. Helens, Oregon was selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $300,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/city-st-helens-selected-300000-brownfields-assessment-grants

Grays Harbor Council of Governments was selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $600,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/grays-harbor-council-governments-selected-600000-brownfields-assessment-grants-0

City of Bremerton was selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $300,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/city-bremerton-selected-300000-brownfields-assessment-grants-0

City of Eugene as the coalition lead, in partnership with the City of Springfield and Lane County, was selected for two brownfield environmental site assessment grants totaling $500,000.  https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/city-eugene-and-partners-selected-500000-brownfields-assessment-grants

City of Spokane was selected for three brownfields cleanup grants totaling $600,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/municipality-spokane-selected-600000-brownfields-cleanup-grants

Kodiak Island Borough and coalition members - the City of Kodiak and Natives of Kodiak, Inc., were selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $600,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/kodiak-island-borough-selected-600000-brownfields-assessment-grants

Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, was selected for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $300,000. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/municipality-anchorage-selected-300000-brownfields-assessment-grants

Brownfields assessment and cleanup grants target communities with significant distress. These communities are economically disadvantaged -- neighborhoods where environmental assessment, cleanup and new jobs are most needed for residents that have historically been left behind. EPA selected 172 communities nationally for new brownfields assessment and cleanup funding in 2017.  Across the country, $56.8 million in funding will be granted. 

For more information about Brownfields Cleanup and Assessment Grants: www.epa.gov/brownfields

To view fact sheets about the 2017 grant recipients: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-list-fy17-grants-selected-funding

EPA's national announcement on the 2017 grantees:  https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/announcing-award-568-million-fy17-brownfields-assessment-and-cleanup-grants 

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