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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 5, 2009

EPA awards City $1.66 million in Brownfields grants

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will benefit from four Brownfields grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and regular program funding to replenish Revolving Loan Fund grants.

The Brownfields Program encourages redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites.

Between three Brownfields grants, the EPA awarded the City $1.16 million to fund cleanup activities at properties contaminated by hazardous substances and petroleum in neighborhoods throughout the City.

The grants include: $360,000 for hazardous substances (Recovery Act Funding); $200,000 for petroleum (Recovery Act Funding); and $600,000 for hazardous substances (Regular Program Funding). Recovery Act funds will be used to replenish the Revolving Loan Fund, from which the City will provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities at as many as eight shovel-ready projects identified by the City that are contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum. In addition, general Brownfields funds will be used to provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities at as many as nine hazardous substances projects.

An additional $500,000 was awarded to OAI, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides Brownfields training programs in Kansas City, Mo., in partnership with ERA Environmental, Northwest Communities Development Corporation and the City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Advocacy Office and the City of Kansas City, Mo., Brownfields Office. The funds will allow OAI to train 80 students, place at least 64 graduates in environmental jobs and track graduates for one year.

“This grant funding not only benefits our city from an environmental and economic development standpoint, it also provides job training for the City’s youth. This component furthers our mission to provide opportunities for young people to acquire marketable skills to become productive and successful members of the community,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said.

For more information, contact Andrew Bracker, Brownfields coordinator for the Department of City Planning and Development, (816) 513-3002; or Thalia Cherry, Youth Advocate, (816) 513-1378.

For more information on Brownfields cleanup revolving loan fund pilots and grants, and other EPA Brownfields activities under the recovery act visit www.epa.gov/brownfields/eparecovery/index.htm.

    
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