LANSING – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Lansing Regional Brownfields Coalition has received the maximum available grant award of $500,000 through the 2015 EPA Brownfields Program.
The coalition is led by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, the economic development agency for the state capital region. Coalition partners include the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, and Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties.
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.
“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.
The EPA Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to identify, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse environmentally contaminated properties, known as brownfields. LEAP and the coalition have approved 22 projects so far across the three county region.
“These grant funds will serve as an important tool in overcoming the environmental setbacks that can often complicate and put a stop to redevelopment projects in the region,” said East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows.
Added Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero: “This is a huge win for Lansing and Metro Lansing – especially at a time when our economic development tools are being reduced. We will be able to support dozens of redevelopment projects across Metro Lansing with these funds.”
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