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Two North Carolina Schools Awarded EPA Grants

Release Date: 7/5/2005
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(Atlanta, July 5, 2005) The University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Duke University are two of six recipients nationally that will receive up to a total of $300,000 in Brownfields training, research and technical assistance grants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will fund the recipients for periods ranging from one to five years. The grants will be used to focus attention on environmental and human health conditions in disadvantaged communities to stimulate economic and beneficial uses of brownfields projects.

The University of North Carolina-Charlotte is working with the City of Charlotte to establish a new method to assess the multi-dimensional impacts of brownfields projects on communities. Duke University is examining state public participation approaches to develop additional tools to assist decision-makers and enhance community involvement in brownfields.

Funding for the brownfields training, research, and technical assistance grants and cooperative agreements is authorized under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA OR Superfund). EPA awards grants and cooperative agreements through a ranking system that includes factors relating to community need, impact on human health and the environment. Brownfields training and research, technical assistance grants are available to eligible government applicants and non-profit organizations including public universities.

Dawn Harris-Young, EPA Media Relations, 404-562-8421
Laura Niles, EPA Media Relations, 404-562-8353
Christian Lewis, EPA Media Relations, 404-562-8395