EPA Awards Brownfields Grants to Five Illinois Communities

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded five Brownfields grants to Illinois
 communities: Belvidere, Canton, East Moline, Freeport and Lacon.  The grants
 total $950,000.
     Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where real or
 perceived environmental contamination has slowed redevelopment.  Grants may be
 awarded to address individual sites, or groups of sites, within a defined
 geographic area.  Three grant categories were included in today's
 announcement: new pilot grants, supplemental pilot funding to continue ongoing
 work at sites that have already received grants, and revolving loan fund
 grants, which make low-cost loans available to communities to assist in moving
 their initiatives forward.
     Nationally, more than 90 communities received funding of more than
 $38 million for brownfields assessment and cleanup.  In the EPA Region 5
 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) 19 grants
 were awarded.  Summaries of the grants will be online soon at
 www.epa.gov/brownfields .
     Belvidere and Freeport received new brownfields pilot assessment grants.
 Belvidere will use its $200,000 grant to target two areas: four properties
 within the downtown Kishwaukee River corridor and three properties on East
 Madison Street.  Freeport will use its $250,000 grant for a comprehensive
 assessment of the Rawleigh Complex, the site of an EPA and Illinois EPA drum
 removal and contaminated soil excavation in 2000.  The Freeport grant includes
 $50,000 specifically earmarked for greenspace preservation.
     Canton, East Moline and Lacon received supplemental funding grants.
 Canton will use its $200,000 grant (including $50,000 for greenspace
 preservation) to target areas within the former International Harvester site.
 East Moline will use its $150,000 grant to assess three sites in The Quarter,
 a downtown area with a history of industrial and transportation use.  Lacon
 will use its $150,000 grant to sample offshore sediment and develop a cleanup
 plan for the Lacon Woolen Mill site, a facility near the Illinois River which
 closed in the late 1960s.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.
 
     U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA are among more than a dozen organizations
 co-sponsoring Brownfields 2001, a national conference at Chicago's McCormick
 Place Convention Center, September 24-26, 2001.  For details on speakers and
 the conference program, or assistance in developing local story ideas, call
 Mick Hans in the EPA Region 5 press office, 312-353-5050.
 
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SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    CHICAGO, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded five Brownfields grants to Illinois
 communities: Belvidere, Canton, East Moline, Freeport and Lacon.  The grants
 total $950,000.
     Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where real or
 perceived environmental contamination has slowed redevelopment.  Grants may be
 awarded to address individual sites, or groups of sites, within a defined
 geographic area.  Three grant categories were included in today's
 announcement: new pilot grants, supplemental pilot funding to continue ongoing
 work at sites that have already received grants, and revolving loan fund
 grants, which make low-cost loans available to communities to assist in moving
 their initiatives forward.
     Nationally, more than 90 communities received funding of more than
 $38 million for brownfields assessment and cleanup.  In the EPA Region 5
 states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) 19 grants
 were awarded.  Summaries of the grants will be online soon at
 www.epa.gov/brownfields .
     Belvidere and Freeport received new brownfields pilot assessment grants.
 Belvidere will use its $200,000 grant to target two areas: four properties
 within the downtown Kishwaukee River corridor and three properties on East
 Madison Street.  Freeport will use its $250,000 grant for a comprehensive
 assessment of the Rawleigh Complex, the site of an EPA and Illinois EPA drum
 removal and contaminated soil excavation in 2000.  The Freeport grant includes
 $50,000 specifically earmarked for greenspace preservation.
     Canton, East Moline and Lacon received supplemental funding grants.
 Canton will use its $200,000 grant (including $50,000 for greenspace
 preservation) to target areas within the former International Harvester site.
 East Moline will use its $150,000 grant to assess three sites in The Quarter,
 a downtown area with a history of industrial and transportation use.  Lacon
 will use its $150,000 grant to sample offshore sediment and develop a cleanup
 plan for the Lacon Woolen Mill site, a facility near the Illinois River which
 closed in the late 1960s.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.
 
     U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA are among more than a dozen organizations
 co-sponsoring Brownfields 2001, a national conference at Chicago's McCormick
 Place Convention Center, September 24-26, 2001.  For details on speakers and
 the conference program, or assistance in developing local story ideas, call
 Mick Hans in the EPA Region 5 press office, 312-353-5050.
 
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