EPA Awards Brownfields Grants to LaPorte and Michigan City

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded Brownfields $250,000 grants to LaPorte
 and Michigan City, Indiana.
     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.
     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 the 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.
     Both LaPorte and Michigan City received new brownfields pilot assessment
 grants.  LaPorte will use its grant to assess five parcels encompassing more
 than 100 acres and two abandoned railroad rights-of-way.  The grant includes
 $50,000 specifically earmarked for greenspace preservation -- in this case,
 expansion of nearby Fox Park, including an urban bicycle trail.
     Michigan City will use its grant to assess two abandoned industrial sites:
 Schmock Oil and Royal Metal.  The Michigan City grant also includes $50,000
 for greenspace preservation, which will be used to assess a 23-acre former
 city dump which is slated to be converted into a nature park.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.  Summaries of the April
 2001 grants will be online soon at www.epa.gov/brownfields .
 
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SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    CHICAGO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency awarded Brownfields $250,000 grants to LaPorte
 and Michigan City, Indiana.
     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.
     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 the 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.
     Both LaPorte and Michigan City received new brownfields pilot assessment
 grants.  LaPorte will use its grant to assess five parcels encompassing more
 than 100 acres and two abandoned railroad rights-of-way.  The grant includes
 $50,000 specifically earmarked for greenspace preservation -- in this case,
 expansion of nearby Fox Park, including an urban bicycle trail.
     Michigan City will use its grant to assess two abandoned industrial sites:
 Schmock Oil and Royal Metal.  The Michigan City grant also includes $50,000
 for greenspace preservation, which will be used to assess a 23-acre former
 city dump which is slated to be converted into a nature park.
     Since 1993, EPA has provided over $162 million in brownfields grants with
 $2.9 billion leveraged and over 11,000 jobs created.  Summaries of the April
 2001 grants will be online soon at www.epa.gov/brownfields .
 
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