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Cape Charles Gets Extra $100K for Brownfields Redevelopment

Release Date: 4/14/2000
Contact Information: Ruth Podems (215) 814-5540

Ruth Podems, 215-814-5540

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vice President Al Gore awarded $100,000 to Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia this week to help the community redevelop its brownfields – abandoned, industrial properties where contamination has been a barrier to redevelopment. The Cape Charles award is one of 56 across the country totaling $7.95 million.

This award is a supplement to an initial $200,000 brownfields grant that the EPA gave to Cape Charles in April 1995. The county used the initial grant to assess a 155-acre area surrounding Cape Charles Harbor on the Chesapeake Bay. This site includes a former municipal dump, a dockside, a railyard and the remains of some abandoned industrial operations. The additional $100,000 will be used to expand the site assessment area.

"The continuing success of the administration’s brownfields revitalization effort demonstrates that environmental protection and economic development can go hand-in-hand," said Gore.

During the past seven years, the Clinton-Gore administration has awarded more than 300 EPA brownfields grants to states, cities, towns and tribes throughout the nation totaling $69 million. Brownfields redevelopment grants empower communities, providing them with the start-up funds to assess and inventory properties in their jurisdiction that may be ripe for redevelopment.

These grants have helped to create more than 5,000 jobs and leveraged $25 of private and public investment for every $1 in grant money.

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