2003-08-22 / Community

Smith Announces ‘Brownfields’ Grants

Smith Announces ‘Brownfields’ Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the assignment of a 1.15 million dollar grant aimed at the assessment and cleaning of "brownfields", the EPA term for property that could be used for some sort of productive endeavor, but is contaminated with hazardous substances, and is therefore useless, not to mention potentially dangerous.

"Brownfields are not only an eyesore in our communities, they are also properties that could be put to better use and on our tax rolls. Rehabilitating these parcels will be of great benefit to the city", said State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens). According to the EPA, the first phase of the program will assess the fields and the ext phase will attempt the cleanup. A part of the 1.15 million dollar grant will be used on the superfund sites in Rockaway. There is no news on when the process will begin.

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