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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:
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.
"We are making a strong commitment to Florida?s economy through the redevelopment of brownfield sites."
Michael W. Sole
Last updated: May 07, 2010