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EPA Announces $200,000 Brownfields Grant for Roanoke

Release Date: 04/20/2010
Contact Information: Roy Seneca, 215-814-5567

PHILADELPHIA (April 20, 2010) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the city of Roanoke, Va. will receive a $200,000 EPA brownfields grant to assess the potential cleanup and rehabilitation of abandoned industrial property in the city.

This grant will be used to inventory and prioritize brownfields sites and support community outreach activities. Assessment of brownfields is expected to encourage investment in the urban core and sustain growth while limiting sprawl.

"Brownfields initiatives demonstrate how environmental protection and economic development work hand-in-hand," said Shawn M. Garvin, regional administrator for EPA's mid-Atlantic region. "Along with generating jobs, this grant will help the city of Roanoke reclaim properties that have been unused for years and turn them into assets for the community, the environment, and the economy,"

EPA’s brownfields program encourages cleanup and redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 brownfields sites. Brownfield grants help to assess, clean and redevelop abandoned, contaminated properties known as brownfields. Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Grant recipients are selected through a national competition.

Additional information on the EPA brownfields program is available at and additional information on brownfields assessment grant recipients is available at .