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Polk County receives federal EPA grant
Polk County receives federal EPA grant

Polk County, FL -- Ten Florida communities were awarded $7 million in brownfields grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Polk County one of them.

Florida received more grant funding than any other state in the nation to help communities revitalize properties environmentally, restore economic vitality and alleviate potential health risks.

Polk County received two brownfields revolving loan fund grants totaling $1,000,000 will be used to provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities for sites contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum in Polk County and the Cities of Mulberry and Fort Meade.

“With the help of Florida’s brownfield program and these grants, local communities are able to revitalize areas that would otherwise sit idle and abandoned and return them to a useful, productive state,” DEP Secretary Vinyard said in a release. “We look forward to working with each community and our federal partners to restore the environment and create more economic opportunity within Florida.”

Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental pollution. DEP’s Brownfield Redevelopment program began in 1998 and is one of the fastest growing programs in the nation with a steady annual increase in development projects.

Today, DEP has 110 brownfield projects underway, an additional 46 brownfield projects that have completed cleanup and 269 designated brownfield areas. Based on economic and regulatory incentives, this program uses private funding to clean up and redevelop areas in Florida, create new job opportunities and enhance economic prospects.

For more information about Florida’s brownfields program.

To learn more about the grants.

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