Albany among Georgia cities to receive EPA funding for brownfield cleanup

Leslie Hanson
April 26, 2018

This grant is created to help communities and states clean and revitalize brownfield sites.

The grant is part of $54.5 million the EPA is distributing to 145 communities across the country.

"EPA's Brownfields Program expands the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses, using existing infrastructure", said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The opportunity to repurpose this property will result in a boost in our local economy and spur growth and private investments in our community.

"Oklahoma City is among the nation's top-performing cities for leveraging brownfields funding to build economic success", said EPA Regional Administrator Anne Idsal.

Albany is receiving a $300,000 grant, including $200,000 for hazardous substances and $100,000 for petroleum.

The city will use the money for environmental assessments, land use planning, market analysis for future uses on impacted properties and to help encourage redevelopment and reinvestment in the areas identified within the grant.

A brownfield site is a property that contains a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant that hinders the potential to reuse or redevelop the site. Assessment activities will focus on the Larinco and Fairfield South neighborhoods, and the city's Downtown District.

"Great Northern Development, along with our coalition partners; Southeastern Montana Development and Eastern Plains Economic Development are certainly appreciative of this award and plan to put the funds to good use ASAP", said Tori Matejovsky, Executive Director of Great Northern Development.

The town of Wiscasset was one of several communities and agencies in ME chosen to receive a combined $3.2 million in federal funding to assess and cleanup 10 brownfields sites across the state. Another study found that property values of homes near revitalized Brownfields sites increased between 5 and 15 percent following cleanup.

EPA officials said communities can use Brownfields Program funding to leverage water infrastructure loans and other financial resources.

The list of the Fiscal Year 2018 applicants selected for funding can be found at For example, EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund can be used, under certain conditions, to address the water quality aspects of brownfield sites and the assessment and construction of drinking water infrastructure on brownfields, respectively.

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