Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Building in Washington DC

The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen nine Indiana applicants to receive a total of $4,055,625 in Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup grants, which will be used to search for environmental contamination in Indiana communities.
The recipients are Lawrenceburg with $600,000; the Michiana Area Council of Governments with $600,000; Indianapolis with $600,000; the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission with $600,000; Fort Wayne with $455,625; Kokomo with $300,000; Lawrence with $300,000; Lebanon with $300,000; and Sullivan with $300,000.
The grants will be used to clean up brownfields — defunct industrial and commercial areas that often contain hazardous materials — so that they can be repurposed and redeveloped. The hope is that redeveloped sites, once decontaminated, can be transformed into areas that attract jobs and encourage economic development. More details in the Lebanon Reporter.