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Pilot Goes to Ohio

Event: The U.S. EPA provides a $200,000 grant to Cuyahoga County. The Brownfields Initiative is launched to redevelop abandoned, idle, or underused industrial and commercial sites where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Action: The EPA established the first pilot project as a test to assist the country in working with contaminated sites that are not on the NPL. Subsequent pilot grants were given to the cities of Bridgeport, Conn. and Richmond, Va. in 1994. Connection: This was the start of the federal government (through the EPA) providing resources and assistance to communities to assist in their economic redevelopment efforts. While Superfund resources were directed at the nation’s most polluted waste sites—the more than 1,200 NPL sites—hundreds of thousands of blighted, environmentally impaired properties dotted the landscape. With little sense of federal regulatory urgency to address these sites, many fell within a gray area of…Log In to Read Full Article

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