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June 5, 2012

MADISON - Wisconsin has received $1.4 in federal funding that state environmental officials will use to assess and clean up contaminated properties around the state.

Each spring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides grants to states, local governments and tribes to work on contaminated properties, called brownfields. This year the Department of Natural Resources netted $1.4 million for its brownfields program.

"These dollars are key to turning around dilapidated sites and boosting local economies," said Darsi Foss, DNR brownfields section chief.

Foss said $500,000 of the funds will be marked for site assessment work and the remainder will be used to replenish the agency's Ready for Reuse Grant and Loan Program. Wisconsin has received more than $10 million in brownfields funding from EPA since 2004.

The DNR funds are part of a larger $4.2 million pool EPA awarded to Wisconsin governments and tribes. "EPA's brownfield grants will spur redevelopment in Wisconsin," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman. "These grants will help prepare contaminated properties for productive uses."

Other federal brownfield funds awarded to the state include:

Wisconsin grants are part of EPA's $69.3 million awarded nationwide to clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies, create jobs and protect public health.

You can view a list of all EPA brownfield grants awarded by state (exit DNR), or for more information about the DNR's brownfields program, go to the DNR main page and search for brownfields.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Savagian - 608-261-6422

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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