Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today the availability of an estimated $1,360,000 in grants, bolstered by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to help communities in Missouri clean brownfields. The grants, which include $800,000 from the Recovery Act of 2009 and $560,000 from the EPA brownfields general program funding, will help restore former industrial and commercial sites to productive use.
Successful applicants in Missouri include:
-Kansas City which will receive $200,000 in Recovery Act funds to clean up the former Greyhound Bus Terminal as part of the East Village Project.
-Springfield which will receive $200,000 in Recovery Act funds to clean up the Jordan Valley West Meadows Site 4.
-Springfield which will receive $400,000 in Recovery Act funds to address community-wide hazardous waste and petroleum.
-Beacon Hill Homeowners Association (Kansas City) which will receive $160,000 in brownfields general program funds to clean up four lots in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
-St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority which will receive $400,000 to clean up hazardous waste and the former ATCOM Site, and to clean up petroleum at the Former Porter Oil Site.
The grants will help to assess, clean up 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.
For more information on brownfields cleanup revolving loan fund pilots and grants, and other brownfields activities under the Recovery Act, go to: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/eparecovery/index.htm.
For more information on the EPA Region 7 brownfields recipients and their pilots, go to: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields.