The grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed. "I am very pleased the President's budget recognizes the importance of these grants by providing continued funding for this important program", Pruitt said.
The city's economic development focus under this grant is the Central Business District and the Fourth and Sixth Avenue business corridors.
According to Reuters, the memo was sent out at the exact time Trump was announcing that he was pulling the us out of the Paris Climate Accord. He said Brownsfields sites can be anything from big-industrial areas like the now-shuttered Mitchell and Bayard sugar factories, to smaller locations like former dry cleaners to abandoned auto fix shops, where chemicals have either leaked or been dumped on the ground over time.
Adler said the grants will help continue the city's practice of turning former brownfield sites into community assets such as the Mabel Davis District Park, the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility and the Guadalupe-Saldana Subdivision. Some sites can be consolidated, such as sites near Danville Area Community College and the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
"Early outs and buy outs ... can help us realign our workforce to meet changing mission requirements and move toward new models of work", the memo said.
Funding will be available starting in October, he said. Brownfield contaminants range from spilled oil and gasoline to dumped solvents, waste polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and other chemicals.
· Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments - $300,000 to conduct environmental site assessments, develop cleanup plans and support community outreach. The award will leverage approximately $1 million of preliminary assessment and redevelopment grants that have already been provided to the site.
Madison County's grant is part of a national program awarded to 172 communities and organizations this year. The study also determined that brownfield cleanup can increase overall property values within a one-mile radius.
In 2015, Madison County received $400,000 from the same program to help identify and clean up brownfields across the county.
For years the EPA has targeted so-called brownfields for cleanup nationwide.
As of May 2017, more than 124,759 jobs and $24 billion of public and private funding have been leveraged as a result of assessment grants and other EPA brownfields grants.
It also clear the way for the city to apply for brownfields cleanup dollars and revolving loans for specific projects.