|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 28 May 1999 17:18:19 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||New Brownfields Grants|
$32 Million Awarded to Brownfields Communities EarthVision Reports 05/28/99 EDINBURG, TX, May 28, 1999 - The U.S. government is awarding $32 million in grants to help more than 70 communities across the United States to clean up and redevelop brownfields - abandoned, contaminated properties, often found in distressed areas - and return them to thriving centers of prosperity. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Vice President Al Gore at the White House Community Empowerment Conference in Edinburgh, Texas. The awards consisted of 45 Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund grants totaling $30.6 million to help 65 communities across the nation leverage funding to clean up and redevelop abandoned industrial properties. Another $1.9 million will go to Job Training Grants to 10 communities to train nearly 600 residents in environmental cleanup techniques. In a press release, the Environmental Protection Agency lauded the " significant steps" taken by the administration "to clean up and redevelop brownfields and return them to productive use." It said that more than 2,000 jobs have been created and, in addition to government funding, "more than $1 billion has been leveraged from the private sector and other sources" to redevelop abandoned industrial sites.
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