The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Kokomo will receive $500,000 to assess and inventory brownfield sites. This is the third EPA Brownfield grant that the city has received in recent years, totaling $1.9 million.
The grant was awarded to a coalition consisting of the City of Kokomo and the towns of Greentown and Russiaville. The City of Kokomo is the lead coalition member, with managerial and technical expertise provided by SME.
“Brownfield assessment and cleanup is absolutely vital to our community,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “We’ve used our previous grant awards to conduct more than 35 site assessments, paving the way for new housing and economic development opportunities. This new grant shows that the EPA has recognized the work we’re doing, and is eager to lend its financial support to our community.”
“We are also very pleased to once again partner with Greentown and Russiaville in this important effort,” Goodnight added.
The EPA defines brownfield sites as property where the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.