Bowling Green Receives EPA Grant

Published:
June 5, 2017
Category:
General
Contact:
Kim Lancaster - 270-393-3642
Location:
Bowling Green, KY
Bowling Green Receives EPA Grant

The City of Bowling Green recently received two brownfield assessment grants totaling $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has selected four projects to receive a total of five grants in Kentucky for brownfield assessment or cleanup.

The City of Bowling Green recently received two brownfield assessment grants totaling $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has selected four projects to receive a total of five grants in Kentucky for brownfield assessment or cleanup.

The grants that Bowling Green received will fund a communitywide hazardous substances and petroleum grant where funds will be used to conduct 12 Phase I and eight Phase II environmental site assessments and prepare four cleanup plans. Additionally, grant funds also will be used to update a brownfields inventory and support community outreach activities.

Over the past 11 years, with the help of the Kentucky Brownfields Redevelopment Program, a part of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Compliance Assistance, Kentucky communities have received $13.3 million in EPA brownfields grants to help assess and remediate the estimated 8,000 brownfield properties in Kentucky.

Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They can include old factories, abandoned hospitals, old schools, former service stations and mine-scarred lands.

The City plans to focus this grant funded initiative in the West End Neighborhoods.  As part of the Neighborhood Improvements Program, the City intends to apply for additional grant funds to cleanup any properties found to be contaminated.  The redevelopment of these properties will improve economic opportunity in the West End with the potential for new businesses, affordable housing, and green space.

“Brownfield redevelopment is rewarding because it allows communities to create economic development opportunities where problem properties existed, and is a great example of public-private partnerships working to better communities,” said DEP Commissioner Aaron Keatley.

To read more about brownfield sites that have been cleaned and put back into productive reuse, go to http://dca.ky.gov/Pages/ResourceDocuments.aspx under DCA Case Studies: Brownfields.

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