May 08, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $200,000 in EPA Funding Coming to Rochester for Clean-Up at Brownfield Sites

Funds Will Help Communities Clean Up Brownfields Sites to Help Spur Expansion and Redevelopment

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide $200,000 in grants to the city of Rochester for cleanup activities at brownfields sites owned by the city.

"Investing in these types of grant programs is smart in the short and long term," said Schumer. "This program will help up the brownfields sites in Rochester where expansion and development have been delayed due to the hazardous substances and contaminants in the area. Cleaning up the sites will help create jobs and provide the opportunity for economic expansion."

"This is a great investment for the Rochester community," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "Revitalizing brownfields is a big part of our economic recovery - supporting job creation and laying the foundation to attract new growth for the area. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire New York Delegation to make sure New York gets it fair share from the federal government."

Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.

The EPA will provide $200,000 to Rochester for Cleanup grants for conducting cleanup activities at brownfields sites owned by grant selectees.

The grants will help communities clean up brownfields where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed and expanded the definition of what is considered a brownfields site so that communities may now also address mine-scarred lands, sites contaminated by petroleum, or sites contaminated by the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. The Brownfields program encourages development of America's estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites.