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January 7, 2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' most popular brownfield publication is brand new for the coming New Year. The Financial Resource Guide for Cleanup and Redevelopment is a comprehensive guide to more than 60 grants, loans, tax incentives and other financial programs for the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites around the state.

"Since the brownfields program began in Wisconsin, we have effectively demonstrated that human health and environmental protection can go hand-in-hand with economic development and job creation," said Darsi Foss, DNR Brownfields and Outreach Section chief. "Our role is to encourage, help and support local governments and private entities as they consider and commence these projects."

The Financial Resource Guide [PDF], which can be viewed or downloaded from DNR's brownfields web pages, includes a quick reference chart to help communities and private developers find the right financial program for their brownfield projects.

By definition, brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties where the real or perceived existence of contamination is hindering cleanup and the beneficial reuse of the land.

The Wisconsin Brownfields Initiative is considered a national leader due to its innovative effort to revitalize blighted properties, and often looked to as a model by other states and the federal government. The DNR's Remediation and Redevelopment Program maintains an online, searchable database which identifies approximately 3,000 properties in Wisconsin that are currently being cleaned up.

Since the database was created, more than 24,000 properties have been cleaned up and made available for reuse.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Darsi Foss, 608-267-6713

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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