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EPA giving money to help Michigan communities clean up brownfield sites

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announcing brownfield cleanup grants during a news conference in Lansing, Michigan. To the right of the speaker, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero looks on.

Seven Michigan communities are getting help from the federal government to clean up contaminated industrial sites.   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says her agency is awarding brownfield cleanup grants to Lansing, Albion, Inkster, Northville and three other Michigan communities.   

The grants total $2.9 million.  

“In each one of these cases, we’re targeting our resources to communities where environmental cleanup and jobs are needed most. And where are investments will have the greatest impact on the health and the economy of the area.”

Jackson made her announcement along the Grand River in Lansing, across from the recently renovated Ottawa Power Station, which is now the headquarters of an insurance company.  

Federal brownfield redevelopment funds helped pay for the renovation.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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