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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2010
CONTACT: Amy Graham (850) 245-2112 or (850) 778-7258 (cell)


DEP Secretary Hails $3 Million for Florida's Communities

~Federal brownfields grants restore environment, stimulate economy~

TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently congratulated eight Florida communities for being awarded grants totaling $3 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The cities of Casselberry, Daytona Beach, Miami and South Daytona Beach; the counties of Clay, Escambia and Gadsden; as well as the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency each received grants to assess, clean up and redevelop brownfield sites within their communities.

“We are making a strong commitment to Florida’s economy through the redevelopment of brownfield sites,” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole. “Together with the state’s efforts, this additional funding is cleaning up environmental contamination, building stronger communities, bringing new business opportunities into Florida’s cities and providing jobs for our residents.”

The eight Florida recipients were selected for federal funding from more than 697 national applicants based on community need and public involvement. Florida received the largest number of grant awards in the southeast. DEP assisted applicants with the grant process and will provide continued support to redevelop properties and return them to the community.

Grant recipients include:

  • City of Casselberry – Two brownfields assessment grants totaling $400,000 will be used community-wide to inventory brownfields sites, conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, and develop cleanup plans.
  • Clay County – One petroleum brownfield assessment grant totaling $200,000 will be used to manage and update a database of sites and conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments in the Green Cove Springs Area.
  • City of Daytona Beach – Two brownfields assessment grants, totaling $400,000 will be used community wide to inventory brownfields sites, conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments and develop cleanup plans.
  • Escambia County - Two brownfields assessment grants totaling $400,000 will fund Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, as well as cleanup planning and community outreach activities.
  • Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency – Three brownfields cleanup grants totaling $600,000 will be used to clean up three different sites associated with the former H.D. King Power Plant.
  • Gadsden County – Two brownfields assessment grants totaling $400,000 will fund a community wide inventory of brownfields sites, Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, the development of cleanup plans, community outreach activities and health monitoring.
  • City of Miami – One petroleum brownfields cleanup grant totaling $200,000 will be used to address contaminated soil and groundwater associated with a 200 gallon spill at the former Shamrock gas station.
  • City of South Daytona – Two brownfields assessment grants totaling $400,000 will fund Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments along the US 1 corridor, community outreach and cleanup planning.

Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental pollution. State and federal brownfield redevelopment programs help communities revitalize properties environmentally, restore economic vitality and mitigate potential health risks to areas where brownfields exist.

DEP’s Brownfield Redevelopment program, which began in 1998, is one of the fastest growing programs in the nation with a steady annual increase in development projects. Today, DEP has 109 brownfield projects underway, an additional 34 brownfield projects that have completed cleanup and more than 244 designated brownfield areas. Based on economic and regulatory incentives, this program uses private funding to clean up and redevelop areas in Florida, create new job opportunities and enhance economic prospects.

For more information about Florida’s brownfields program: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/brownfields/default.htm.

To learn more about the grants, visit: http://epa.gov/brownfields/pilot_grants.htm.

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"We are making a strong commitment to Florida’s economy through the redevelopment of brownfield sites."

Michael W. Sole
DEP Secretary

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Last updated: May 07, 2010

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