Two public housing re-development projects in Tacoma will benefit from $600,000 in grants from the Federal Brownfields program, which aims to clean up and reinvest in contaminated property in order to reduce blight and protect the environment.
According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials, Tacoma Housing Authority will use the money to remediate units in the Salishan and Hillside Terrace housing developments that have been contaminated from the production, use, and storage of methamphetamine.
“Brownfields grants are catalysts for communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran. “They jumpstart local projects, bringing valuable real estate back into productive use. Through Brownfields, we’re joining with public and private partners to revitalize blighted property, create more green jobs, and protect public health.”
Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. In 2002, the definition of a Brownfield was expanded to include mine-scarred lands or sites contaminated by petroleum or the manufacture of illegal drugs. Grant recipients are selected through a national competition.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of local Brownfield projects, click on the following links:
- Foss Waterway Park: More funds needed for site cleanup (Tacoma Daily Index, August 3, 2012)
- UW Tacoma’s Joy Building earns LEED Platinum certification (Tacoma Daily Index, January 31, 2012)
- City receives environmental workforce development, job training grant (Tacoma Daily Index, July 15, 2011)
- Tacoma receives $500K for brownfields job training (Tacoma Daily Index, August 4, 2009)
- Tacoma among $1.4 million statewide brownfields grant recipients (Tacoma Daily Index, May 8, 2009)
- Tacoma conference will focus on brownfields clean-up projects (Tacoma Daily Index, October 6, 2008)
- Clover Park Tech receives EPA Brownsfield job training grant (Tacoma Daily Index, September 3, 2008)
- Tacoma receives brownfields job training grant (Tacoma Daily Index, March 7, 2008)
- Developers break ground on Hilltop project (Tacoma Daily Index, September 10, 2007)
- City hears status of brownfield cleanup project (Tacoma Daily Index, August 11, 2005)