EPA Awards $1.5M to Michigan Communities to Tackle Brownfield Sites
May 13, 2022
On May 12th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of $254 million in Cleanup, Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Grants to tackle the staggering number of brownfield sites across the country. Nationwide, 265 communities will benefit from these funds. “With today’s announcement, we’re turning blight into might for communities across America,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “EPA’s Brownfields Program breathes new life into communities by helping to turn contaminated and potentially dangerous sites into productive economic contributors.”
These grants were awarded using EPA Brownfield Funds and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Envirologic developed an infographic explaining this funding; you can access it here. Over the next few years, the Infrastructure Law will allow more communities to benefit from brownfield grants; this is once-in-a-lifetime funding.
In Michigan, $1,550,000 of grants were awarded in the following six communities:
- City of Douglas – $500,000
- City of Jackson – $500,000
- Leelanau County – $250,000
- Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) – $2,000,000
- Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Foundation – $500,000
- Oceana County – $300,000
“EPA’s Brownfields grants are a great investment in Michigan s future,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator Debra Shore.” One of the best ways we can build back better in Michigan is by revitalizing unused and contaminated properties and returning them to productive purposes in communities across the state.”
Envirologic congratulates all of the awardees and, in particular, our friends and partners in Muskegon County, Oceana County, Leelanau County and the City of Jackson. These four awards were the result of hard work and coordination between these communities and Envirologic. We are extremely pleased to help bring this resource to these four communities and look forward to doing good work in those areas. We are extremely grateful to have partnered with each of them and excited for the transformational power of change these dollars will make in the assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites.
The national list of communities awarded funding can be found here – https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicants-selected-fy-2022-brownfields-assessment-rlf-cleanup-arc-grants-and-rlf.
The EPA news release announcing the grantees in Michigan can be found here – https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-administration-announces-4-million-tackle-polluted-brownfield-sites-michigan.