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December 21, 2010

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will assist seven communities with funding environmental work at closed industrial sites through its Brownfields program.

The DNR is granting more than $600,000 in funds and services to help communities address economic and environmental impacts at closed industrial facilities and to aid in the revitalization of these sites.

"These grants demonstrate the DNR's commitment to improve both the environment and the economy of Wisconsin," said DNR Secretary Matthew Frank. "Each site represents new economic opportunities as well as a chance to improve water and air quality. We will ensure the sites are properly cleaned up and ready to attract new or expanding business, help bring back jobs and protect public health in these communities."

Frank noted that communities will use the grants to assess environmental contamination issues at select facilities. Assessments are vital first steps in attracting new owners or developers while supporting business expansion at former plants.

$200,000 will be provided to the city of Kenosha for the recently-closed Chrysler engine plant and $100,000 to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee for the Century City manufacturing complex. The city of New Holstein will receive $100,000 to address the former Heus/Tecumseh manufacturing plant.

Four other communities will receive a total of $200,000 in DNR-directed environmental consulting services to assess contamination concerns at facilities. The contractor-service projects include the former Synergy Web Press facility in Mazomanie, the Semco window plant in Merrill, the former Jongquist Family Kitchen plant in Baldwin and the Shurpac facility in Racine. DNR has retained AECOM, The Sigma Group and Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. to provide these services.

DNR obtained funding for the new grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In 2010 the DNR received one of four national innovation awards for its Plant Recovery Initiative from the Environmental Council of States.

More information about the Plant Recovery Initiative, is available on the Remediation and Redevelopment Program pages of the DNR website. Communities and businesses are encouraged to apply to the DNR to receive DNR-directed environmental consulting services for assessment of former manufacturing plants. Contact Melissa Enoch at 608-266-9263 or Melissa.Enoch@Wisconsin.Gov for more information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Enoch at 608-266-9263 or Melissa.Enoch@Wisconsin.Gov

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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