By Freddy Arck | Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded seven Colorado communities a total of $2.4 million to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties. These new grants, awarded through the Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grant competition, will help communities boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. In Colorado, grants were awarded to seven communities:
Trinidad: $500,000 to inventory and assess Brownfields properties in the city of Trinidad, the town of Aguilar and Las Animas County.
Fort Collins: $500,000 to conduct environmental assessments in the Poudre River/North College Innovation District.
Adams County: $200,000 to inventory and conduct environmental assessments on properties focused in a two-mile corridor in the Clear Creek Valley.
Lower Willow Creek Restoration Company: $200,000 to clean up mine-scarred land in Creede.
Northglenn: $400,000 to assess the West 104th commercial district.
Kiowa County: $200,000 to clean up a former hotel building in downtown Eads.
Denver: $400,000 to assess properties that will assist in implementing the South Platte Corridor Study.
EPA awarded a total of $54.3 million in Brownfields funds nationwide, and $4.8 million went to 15 entities in Colorado’s region, Region 8. ... more