Seven communities in Arizona, California and Nevada will benefit from a combined $2.69 million in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will allow them to assess or clean up contaminated brownfields properties.
The funding comes through the EPA’s Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) grant program, through which the agency recently awarded more than $55 million across the country. The funding will go toward either inventory, cleanup planning and other assessment activities or implementing cleanup strategies.
“EPA is committed to helping communities safely clean up abandoned and contaminated sites and transform them into assets,” Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said. “These projects will provide valuable economic support to these communities while protecting public health and the environment.”
Arizona and Nevada received one assessment grant each – $400,000 for Arizona’s Gila County Industrial Development Authority and $555,000 for The City of Henderson in Nevada. California received five grants, including three assessment grants – $550,000 for the Association of Bay Area Governments, $400,000 for the City of Richmond and $392,000 for Sonoma County Community Development Commission. The remaining two Californian grants, $200,000 for both the City of Mt. Shasta and Nevada City, will be used for cleanup activities.