Lansing Brownfield Coalition Gets Maximum Grant from EPA

LANSING — The Lansing Regional Brownfield Coalition has received a $500,000 grant from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the maximum grant allowed under the EPA’s brownfield program.

The coalition is led by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, the
Lansing area’s economic development agency.

Of the award, $400,000 is to be used to investigate economic
development sites for hazardous substances, and $100,000 is to be
used on petroleum-related activity.

Coalition partners include the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, and
Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties.

“This grant announcement is huge for the community as it is a perfect example of how we can access big dollars by embracing the regional partnership between the cities and counties,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “We want to thank the leadership of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, Clinton County Chair Bob Showers, Ingham County Chair Brian McGrain and Eaton County Chair Blake Mulder, U.S. Senator Gary Peters and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, as well as Calvin Jones, chair of the Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, which was the lead applicant for this grant. Additionally, we congratulate Keith Lambert, TriCounty Development Manager for LEAP, for his leadership in bringing together these partners to secure this grant award.”

The EPA Brownfields Program funds communities to work together to identify, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse
environmentally contaminated properties, known as brownfields.

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