EPA grant to help assess Detroit brownfield sites

EPA awards Wayne County $600K grant to assess contaminated sites in southwest Detroit

Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has received a $600,000 federal grant to assess about 32 potentially contaminated sites in southwest Detroit.

The Environmental Protection Agency grant was announced by County Executive Robert Ficano and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

Ficano says the grant can lead to an uptick in the local economy by helping to turn the sites into "potentially usable, profitable assets."

Parts of Detroit's southwest side are contaminated from years of heavy commercial and industrial use. The grant does not pay for cleanup or redevelopment.

Bing says once the land is assessed it can be "cleaned up and redeveloped as part of a neighborhood's revival."

A 39-acre former automotive glass plating site is on the list.

Wayne County was awarded a similar $400,000 assessment grant in 2007.

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