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City of Tallahassee to Receive EPA Funds to Give New Life to Old Properties

Release Date: 04/14/2008
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353,

(Atlanta, Ga. – April 14, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize the City of Tallahassee on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 in Tallahassee, Fla. as recipients of $400,000 in EPA brownfields grants to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use. Additionally, EPA awarded three other communities in Florida with $1.8 million in brownfields grants. Those include Pinellas County, the Clay County Development Authority, and the West Florida Regional Planning Council.

Who: EPA Region 4 Director of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Division Alan Farmer, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Energy Mimi Drew, City of Tallahassee Mayor John Marks

What: Award EPA Brownfields Grants to the City of Tallahassee

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 10:00 am

Where: Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue

      Tallahassee, Florida

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 brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America's estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. Since the beginning of the program, EPA has awarded 1,255 assessment grants totaling more than $298 million, 230 revolving loan fund grants totaling about $217 million, and 426 cleanup grants totaling $78.7 million.

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