EPA Region 7 Presents $250,000 Check to Fort Dodge, Iowa After They Are Selected for Brownfields Grant

LENEXA, KAN. (JUNE 28, 2022) – Last night in Fort Dodge, Iowa, DeAndr, director of the EPA Region 7 Land, Chemical and Redevelopment Divisione Singletary presented a large novelty check of $250,000 to the city of Fort Dodge for its selection of Brownfields grants.

The ceremony was hosted by the Fort Dodge City Council in their chambers during their regular business meeting. Singletary was joined by Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich and Fort Dodge Director of Community and Economic Development Vickie Reeck.

The city was selected for the cleanup of the former Greenleaf Health Facility, a former nursing home contaminated with inorganic contaminants including asbestos. Grant funds will also be used to conduct community outreach activities, such as public meetings, and will be used to develop a website for the project.

“This Brownfields grant is an important step toward cleaning up contamination at a vacant former nursing home that poses a safety hazard to area children,” Singletary said. “We are proud to once again partner with Fort Dodge, and we share their commitment to improving the lives of those who live near this site by cleaning up contamination and engaging with the community.”

“Fort Dodge is grateful to have received funds to assist with the cleanup efforts at the former retirement home,” Reeck said. “The property has been vacant for nearly a decade and has steadily deteriorated, harming the neighborhood. This cleanup is long overdue and we are excited to begin.

This grant is part of $254.5 million in brownfield grants for 265 selected communities. These grants are supported by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which provides a total of $1.5 billion to advance environmental justice, spur economic revitalization and create jobs by cleaning up brownfields that are contaminated, polluted or dangerous.

Background

A brownfield is a property whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The redevelopment made possible through the program includes everything from grocery stores and affordable housing to health centers, museums, greenways and solar farms.

The next National Brownfields Training Conference will be held August 16-19, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Offered every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on the cleanup and reuse of former commercial and industrial properties. EPA is co-sponsoring this event with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Registration for the conference is open online.

Learn more about Brownfields Grants and EPA Brownfields Program.

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