Oregon local governments share over $2 million in latest round of EPA Brownfields funding

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Seattle -- State and local governments in Oregon will receive over $2.1 million in EPA Brownfields funding to help breathe new life into contaminated properties and revitalize former industrial sites.

EPA Brownfields Grants fund site assessments and site cleanups, supporting local efforts to clean up contamination or otherwise make land useable for housing, community space or commercial development. EPA also provides often cash-strapped communities a much-needed boost to bring abandoned lands back into productive use.

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Oregon Business Development Department –The state of Oregon Business Development Department, also known as Business Oregon, will receive $700,000 in supplemental funding for its existing Revolving Loan Fund Grant. This funding will allow Business Oregon to continue making loans and providing subgrants to eligible applicants to cleanup Brownfields throughout the state of Oregon, fostering environmental and economic redevelopment. Contact: Karen Homolac, 503-986-0191.

City of Eugene, OR –will receive a $680,200 Brownfields Assessment Coalition grant that will be used to establish a coalition with the City of Springfield and Lane County to develop a Brownfields inventory and conduct environmental site assessments within their three jurisdictions. Contact: Mike Sullivan, 541-682-5448. (http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/gfs/index.cfm?xpg_id=7743&display_type=HTML)

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, OR – will receive a $400,000 Community-wide Assessment Grant to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites and conduct environmental site assessments on properties located throughout Baker, Union, and Wallowa Counties in northeastern Oregon. This project will include community outreach and cleanup planning activities. Contact: Lisa Dawson, 541-426-3598
(http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/gfs/index.cfm?xpg_id=7835&display_type=HTML)

City of Troutdale, OR - will receive a $200,000 grant to perform an environmental site assessment and conduct community outreach and cleanup planning activities at the Troutdale Riverfront Redevelopment property at 302 NW 257th Way. The site, which sits on the bank of the Sandy River, operated as a slaughterhouse and rendering plant from 1901 to the late 1960s. Contacts: Doug MacCourt, 503-226-8672, or Jim Kight, 503-674-7237. (http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/gfs/index.cfm?xpg_id=7799&display_type=HTML)

City of Vernonia, OR - will receive a $200,000 Community-wide Assessment grant which will be used to inventory Brownfield sites throughout the city, perform environmental site assessments, and conduct community outreach. Contact: William Haack, 503-429-5291.
(http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/gfs/index.cfm?xpg_id=7800&display_type=HTML)

Story Links:

See list of all awarded Brownfields grants by state: http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/

More information on EPA’s brownfields program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

More information on brownfields success stories: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/success/index.htm

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