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EPA Awards Brownfields Grant to City of Alexandria City of Alexandria to Receive $200,000 to Support Revitalization Efforts

Release Date: 07/15/2008
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – July 15, 2008) Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the City of Alexandria, Louisiana, with a $200,000 ceremonial check for a community-wide Brownfields Hazardous Substances Assessment Grant. Funds from this grant will be used to set up a geographic information system inventory of sites in Alexandria, conduct environmental site assessments and support community outreach activities.

“EPA continues to use the brownfields program to stimulate environmental and economic success in our communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “This program is a great example of how federal and local groups can work together to turn contaminated properties into viable developments.”

Brownfields are vacant, abandoned or under-used properties with redevelopment potential that suffer from known or perceived environmental contamination.

Since its beginning in 1995, EPA’s brownfields program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed and managed. EPA’s brownfields program is designed to empower states, communities and others involved in economic redevelopment to work together to assess, clean up and reuse brownfields. EPA’s brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. Nationally, brownfields assistance has attracted more than $11.3 billion in private investment, helped create more than 48,000 jobs and resulted in the assessment and cleanup of nearly 12,000 properties.

Additional information on EPA’s brownfields program is available at https://www.epa.gov/brownfields

More about activities in EPA Region 6: https://www.epa.gov/region6

EPA audio file is available at https://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/audio.htm#audio071508_alexandria

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