Government Offering Money For Clean-up Groups

EPA offering grants but sign up deadline soon.

These grant funds can be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants, including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum.

EPA is encouraging eligible entities to apply now through Nov. 28, 2011, for 2012 Brownfields funding.

Available grants from EPA’s Brownfields program include assessment grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; coalitions are funded up to $1 million over three years); cleanup grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years); and revolving loan funds (each funded up to $1 million over five years)

WHO SHOULD APPLY? Individuals from eligible local, state, and tribal governments; non-profits; coalitions; land clearance authorities; and quasi-governmental entities interested in a brownfields assessment, cleanup, or revolving loan fund grant.

WHY APPLY? EPA’s Brownfields program encourages the redevelopment of America's estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. Brownfield sites include all real property, including residential, commercial and industrial properties. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off undeveloped, open land, and improves and protects the environment. Brownfields redevelopments have included the conversion of industrial waterfronts to riverfront parks, landfills to golf courses, rail corridors to recreational trails, and gas stations to housing.

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