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Lancaster County, Pa. wins EPA grant for potential redevelopment

Release Date: 04/07/2008
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA (April 7 , 2008) -- Funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's brownfields program will help Lancaster County, Pa. assess abandoned industrial properties for potential redevelopment.

"Brownfields initiatives demonstrate how environmental protection and economic development work hand-in-hand. This funding will help the community assess, and if needed, clean up an abandoned eyesore, provide employment and turn problem properties into productive reuse," said Donald S. Welsh, administrator for EPA's mid-Atlantic region.

EPA announced today that the county will receive a $200,000 brownfields assessment grant. Lancaster County is one of 209 communities nationwide receiving more than $74 million in brownfields-related funding. Brownfields are generally abandoned industrial properties where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination. EPA estimates there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.

Lancaster County was selected for the grant to help assess the county's abandoned industrial properties. County officials have identified about 180 sites throughout the county that could benefit from brownfields funding including many in the urban areas of the city of Lancaster. Brownfields assessment is expected to help the county determine the extent of environmental contamination at these sites and catalyze investment in brownfields redevelopment.

Brownfields grants continue to serve as the foundation of EPA's brownfields program. These grants support revitalization efforts by funding environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training activities. Brownfields assessment grants provide funding for brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach.

More information on the brownfields program and brownfields grants is available at: .