WASHINGTON, DC (WWTI) – Local contaminated sites have received additional federal funding for cleanup efforts. This funding has been provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up sites through its Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program.
According to the EPA definition, a brownfield site is a property, expansion, redevelopment, or reuse that has the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, contaminant, or contaminant. There are an estimated 450,000 vacant lots in the United States.
EPA funds through the Revitalization Program drive community reinvestment in all of these properties. EPA funds totaled $1.2 million and were awarded to the City of Gloversville, Village of Greenwich, and the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency. Here is a breakdown:
- City of Gloversville: $500,000 Appraisal Grant
- Village of Greenwich: $200,000 Appraisal Grant
- Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency: $500,000 Appraisal Grant
These assessment grants will specifically fund brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach at these sites.