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EPA Promotes Brownfields Revitalization with Grants in New York State; NY Grantees to Receive Nearly $3 Million

Release Date: 06/15/2004
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(#04084) NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is awarding approximately $2.3 million in grants to ten grantees in New York State to promote the revitalization of brownfields. The New York State communities are among 265 selected to receive grants as part of the largest brownfields announcement to date. In addition, EPA will grant New York State more than $550,000 to help run its brownfields program; bringing the total amount given in New York this year to nearly $3 million.

"The brownfields program reflects a new model in environmental protection that is locally-based, forges strong public-private partnerships, and promotes innovation and creativity," said Jane M. Kenny. "It's an approach that creates opportunities with local solutions for redevelopment to solve local problems."

Through its brownfields program, EPA provides communities the tools they need to reclaim and restore thousands of brownfields sites, including sites impacted by petroleum that present relatively low risks to people's health. Four competitive grants programs provide funding to eligible applicants for brownfields assessments, cleanups and job training; and revolving loan funds. The brownfields program allows local governments and nonprofit organizations to apply for funding, greatly expanding the pool eligible for assistance.

To date, EPA has awarded over $22 million to New York grantees through the various brownfields grant programs. Nationwide, the Agency has leveraged more than $5.8 billion in private investment, helped create more than 27,000 jobs and facilitated the assessment of more than 4500 properties.

The ten grantees selected in New York State are:

For further information, please visit the EPA Brownfields web site at: