Brownfields grants go to MV EDGE, Herkimer County IDA
In a Thursday move, the Biden Administration — through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — announced $254.5 million in Brownfields Grants to 265 communities, including 12 grants totaling $10.5 million across New York State.
The grants provide a total of $1.5 billion to advance environmental justice, spur economic revitalization, and create jobs by cleaning up contaminated, polluted, or hazardous brownfield properties, according to a release.
Among the projects to share in the funding are two from the Mohawk Valley:
-Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation, Revolving Loan Fund Grant of $1,000,000; and
-Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency, Assessment Grant of $500,000.
“MVEDGE has worked for nearly two decades to build a brownfields coalition across the Mohawk Valley; so this $1 million revolving loan fund arrives at a uniquely opportune moment in time,” said Steven J. DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises (MV EDGE).
“The region has solid economic momentum as there is more private sector investment interest for reclaiming our urban centers and village main streets, redeveloping our industrial corridors and revitalizing our waterfronts across Oneida and Herkimer Counties,” DiMeo said. “EDGE is grateful to the USEPA for this award and the opportunity it provides to reimagine our region’s economic future.”
“Brownfield projects can range from cleaning up buildings with asbestos or lead contamination, to assessing and cleaning up abandoned properties that once managed dangerous chemicals. Once cleaned up, former brownfield properties can be redeveloped into productive uses such as grocery stores, affordable housing, health centers, museums, parks, and solar farms,” a release continues.
“The Herkimer County IDA truly appreciates the continued support given by EPA and we look forward to working on many projects throughout the course of this assessment grant,” said John J. Piseck, CEO of teh Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency. “Herkimer County continues to invest in brownfield redevelopment to get properties back to being productive. With this grant funding we look to support many community brownfield projects.”
“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. Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are significantly ramping up our investments in communities, with the bulk of our funding going to places that have been overburdened and underserved for far too long.”
“The brownfields program is a powerful tool that helps overburdened communities in New York address local inequities by providing a means to revitalize properties and promote environmental health, economic growth, and job creation,” said EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. “The Brownfields program transforms communities, and BIL gives the program a huge shot in the arm – with a historic $1.5 billion dollars that will be leveraged to make a real and lasting on-the-ground difference for communities across the country.”
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Law that I led to passage included a historic $1.5 billion for the EPA’s Brownfields program, and now those dollars are jumpstarting long-delayed clean-ups at toxic sites from the Mohawk Valley to Niagara County,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer. “Cleaning up these polluted sites is critical to breathing new life into these communities to attract businesses and create new good-paying jobs. This $10.5 million federal investment will not only ensure that municipalities will not have to take on debt to clean up these waste sites, but will protect the health of our families, environment, and will accelerate economic recovery.”
“Brownfields are a serious threat to the environment and to public health,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “Cleaning them up and turning them into usable spaces like parks, recreation facilities, and housing revitalizes our communities and spurs local economic development. I’m proud to have fought to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that helped provide the funding for this cleanup and I applaud EPA for working to address contamination across New York State.”
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