CHICAGO (Nov 7, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner recently presented several Midwest communities and organizations with certificates of appreciation for outstanding brownfields work. The recognition for commitment to excellence came as part of this year's National Brownfields Conference in Denver. Brownfields are abandoned or contaminated industrial sites.
The following brownfield redevelopment projects were honored:
"I am amazed and inspired at all that today's awardees have been able to accomplish," Mr. Skinner said. "Clearly there is no shortage of creativity, innovation and ingenuity when it comes to brownfield redevelop projects in the Midwest."
- City of Sterling, Ill., for the Northwestern Steel and Wire site;
- City of LaPorte, Ind., for Newporte Landing;
- City of Monroe, Mich., for Mason Run;
- City of St. Paul, Minn., for the Hmong Funeral Home;
- City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for St. Michael's Hospital (in addition, Cuyahoga County was recognized for its exceptional leadership);
- City of Milwaukee, Wis., for King and Hadley Cleanup; and
- Milwaukee Community Service Corps. for its brownfields job training pilot.
Region 5 serves its brownfield communities through 313 cooperative agreements, 181 assessment grants, 12 job training grants and 15 tribal agreements. Approximately $34.2 million in national EPA Brownfields funds have gone to Midwest states and tribes, and Region 5 has awarded another $161 million in grants.
So far, 4,566 acres in the Midwest have been returned to productive use through EPA's Brownfields program. Redevelopment, now underway at 1,218 Midwest properties, has helped generate 2,731 cleanup and construction jobs. For more on Region 5's Brownfields program, go to www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields.
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