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Walberg Announces $900,000 in Brownfields Grants for Michigan’s 7th District

May 6, 2020
Press Release

Jackson, MI—Congressman Tim Walberg today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $900,000 in Brownfields Grants to communities in Michigan’s 7th District. Funding from this program is utilized to help communities assess, clean up, and redevelop abandoned and contaminated properties. Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which led the effort to reauthorize funding for the Brownfields Program in the previous Congress.
 
"The Brownfields Program is a proven tool for restoring former industrial sites and converting them into economic assets that benefit the community,” said Congressman Walberg. “I am pleased to see the EPA make targeted investments in Michigan that will make a difference for our environment and encourage local job growth. These federal funds could not come at a better time."

"Grants awarded by EPA’s Brownfield Program provide communities and tribes across the country with an opportunity to transform contaminated sites into community assets,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Under President Trump’s leadership, EPA has delivered approximately $287 million in Brownfield grants directly to communities and nonprofits for cleanup and redevelopment, job creation, and economic development through the award of over 948 grants."
 
Background on the Brownfields Grants
Jackson County will receive a $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant. Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct eight Phase I and eight Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to support community engagement and reuse planning activities. Assessment activities will focus on Ward 5 of the City of Jackson, which includes two Qualified Opportunity Zones. Priority sites include the Michner Plating industrial site, the Acme Industries manufacturing site, a former state prison, and four former gasoline underground storage tank sites.
 
The Downriver Community Conference will receive a $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant. Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct 30 Phase I and 25 Phase II environmental site assessments and up to 15 baseline environmental assessments. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities. Coalition partners that are located in the 7th District include the City of Monroe, City of Tecumseh, the Port of Monroe, and Washtenaw County. Among the priority sites is the Port of Monroe Industrial Properties.

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