News Releases from Region 09
EPA awards $400,000 brownfields grant to City of Lodi, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the City of Lodi, Calif., will receive $400,000 in federal grant funds to assess contaminated properties for cleanup and redevelopment in the city's industrial areas. Lodi is among 147 communities nationwide receiving funding to assess and clean up historically contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, for reuse and development.
"EPA is committed to helping communities strengthen their local economy and neighborhoods by cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties - places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are needed most," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "These funds will focus on Lodi's industrial areas for downtown revitalization."
Lodi will use the brownfields funds to target five neighborhoods within the Union Pacific Railroad and Highway 99 corridors that are among the city's most economically distressed. The brownfields assessment will help Lodi in its efforts to create economic diversity through infill industrial development in industrial areas of the city, and support their downtown revitalization initiatives, including transit oriented development and open space.
Since the inception of EPA's brownfields program in 1995, cumulative program investments have leveraged more than $22 billion from a variety of public and private sources for study, cleanup and redevelopment activities. This equates to an average of $17.79 leveraged per EPA brownfields dollar expended. These investments have resulted in approximately 105,942 jobs nationwide. EPA's brownfields program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields sites.
More information on EPA's brownfields program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/
More information on the City of Lodi's downtown revitalization: http://www.lodi.gov/eco_development/index.html