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Release Date: 1/6/2000
Contact Information: Leo Kay, U.S. EPA, (415)744-2201

     SAN FRANCISCO -- In an effort to return toxic waste sites to productive use, the U.S. EPA is awarding 40 pilot projects nationally up to $100,000 each in financial assistance and services under a new program being offered by the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.  

     Proposals must be submitted to the agency by March 10.  Assistance could include services such as a funded position for a federal agency expert, facilitation services and other technical assistance.

     To be eligible, the applicant must be a state, a political subdivision, or a federally recognized tribe, and have a site within its jurisdiction that is proposed or final on the National Priorities List of federal Superfund sites, and where construction of the remedy is not yet complete.  Local governments that have sites within their jurisdictions that are not on the National Priorities List of Superfund sites -- but at which significant cleanup work by the EPA is planned -- may also be eligible if an EPA cleanup decision is pending.

     Selections for the pilots are expected to be announced in May. Copies of the notice can be obtained electronically through EPA's web page at or by calling the Superfund Redevelopment Hotline at 888-526-4321.