Nine cities and two state agencies in Region 7 have been selected to receive more than $4.5 million from EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grants program. These funds will provide key support toward the assessment, cleanup and revitalization of brownfields properties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska communities.
The 11 recipients in EPA Region 7 are among 240 in 45 states to receive ARC grants for 2013.
They include Coralville, Iowa, $382,000 for assessment; Council Bluffs, Iowa, $200,000 for assessment; Dubuque, Iowa, $400,000 for assessment; Fort Dodge, Iowa, $400,000 for assessment; Ottumwa, Iowa, $400,000 for assessment; Howardville, Mo., $200,000 for cleanup; Kansas City, Mo., $600,000 for cleanup; Springfield, Mo., $400,000 for assessment; Lincoln, Neb., $400,000 for cleanup; Kansas Department of Health and Environment, $600,000 for assessment; and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, $600,000 for assessment.
EPA’s Brownfields ARC Grants target under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed. Region 7 communities will use these funds to conduct environmental assessments, cleanup planning, cleanups and conduct community outreach. Coalition partnerships allow recipients to reach more neighborhoods that might not otherwise have access to resources to address blight.