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EPA Gives $500,000 Towards Cleaning Up Industrial Sites For Business Development

Laura Gilmore

The EPA has awarded half a million dollars to a coalition representing Eugene-Springfield and Lane County, for possible clean-up of former or potential business sites.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

The Brownfield Assessments Grant follows one given in 2012, that’ll further fund the evaluation and rehabilitation of sites that may have environmental contaminants.

Amanda D’Souza, business development analyst for the city of Eugene, gives some examples.

“Former lumber mills, would definitely qualify," she tells KLCC.  "Car dealerships, or car repair shops often leave contamination.  We get a lot of former gas stations.” 

Sarah Means, Lane County's Economic Development Manager, says there’s potential for sustainable reuse and redevelopment of approved sites through the Brownfield Coalition’s efforts.

“We really want to be able to have land available to business to either grow or relocate here in the county, and by being able to at least take the initial steps to clean up in some of these areas, we’re really helping our economy.” 

People with commercial property that could be cleaned-up for future re-use are encouraged to contact their respective city government.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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