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U.S. EPA awards Nevada agency $400,000 to assess Brownfields sites

Release Date: 04/08/2008
Contact Information: Margot Perez-Sullivan, (415) 947-4149,

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a $400,000 grant to the Mineral County Parks and Recreation Commission in Nevada for Brownfields assessments.

Mineral County includes many historic mining and railroad towns with deteriorating commercial stock and potential residual contamination from past operations. The grant will create an inventory of sites contaminated by hazardous substances and petroleum, prioritize sites, conduct environmental site assessments, and support community outreach activities.

"The EPA is very pleased to provide this funding for work in Mineral County," said Debbie Schechter, manager of the EPA Pacific Southwest region’s Brownfields program. "Work conducted with our Brownfields program grants will provide the type of assistance necessary to transform these underutilized properties into community assets."

Communities and agencies in 43 states, two Tribal Nations and two territories will share over $74 million in Brownfields grants designed to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites and allow for productive community use.

Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The EPA’s Brownfields program authorizes up to $250 million in grant funds annually and encourages redevelopment of America's estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites.

Since the beginning of the Brownfields program, EPA awarded 1255 assessment grants totaling over $298.6 million, 230 revolving loan fund grants totaling over $217.7 million, and 426 cleanup grants totaling $78.7 million.

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