OVER $1.5 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 16, 2006
CONTACT: Maureen Knightly/ Dave Townsend
HARKIN ANNOUNCES OVER $1.5 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP
WASHINGTON, D.C. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Iowa will receive over $1.5 million for economic redevelopment and environmental clean up projects throughout the state from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment Program. Harkin, a senior member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that provides these funds, was a co-sponsor of the legislation that authorized the program
These environmental cleanup funds have brought renewed hope to communities across the country by enabling them to redevelop land whose productive capacity has been diminished over the years,said Harkin. Improving and modernizing our communities is essential to making Iowa a great place for businesses and families.
The Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfields.
Details of each grant announcement are as follows:
CORALVILLE, $361,000 The city received two $180,500 grants to conduct environment site assessments around the First Avenue Revitalization area and to create and maintain an electronic portfolio of all environmental site assessments for public use.
MARION, $600,000 The city received three $200,000 grants. Two of these grants will be used to monitor the health of area residents, perform environment site assessments and develop quality assurance plans and cleanup alternatives for sites in the Central Corridor project area. The third $200,000 grant will help the city clean up approximately 20 acres of the former Chicago Central and Pacific railroad property.
PERRY, $200,000 These funds will be used for an environmental assessment.
WATERLOO, $400,000 The city received two $200,000 grants to conduct environment site assessments in the downtown redevelopment area, identify risks to sensitive populations, and develop cleanup plans.