Brindisi Announces Six-Figure Environmental Protection Agency Grant To Broome County Industrial Development Agency For Community Cleanup

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May 6, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Announces $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant for Southern Tier

 

Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced a $300,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant has been awarded to Broome County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Brindisi announced the six-figure grant for IDA  and praised the program for its effectiveness.

 

“The Brownfield grant program is crucial to protecting public health and spurring economic development,” Brindisi said. “The Southern Tier is a great place to live, raise a family, or start a business and these funds will be used to help us identify and eventually cleanup areas that threaten our safety. I will always keep fighting for these dollars for our community because I know, together, we can protect our environment, clean up our community, and continue economic growth.”

 

According to the EPA, grant funds will be used to conduct 10 Phase I and six Phase II environmental site assessments and develop two site reuse plans. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities including four public meetings, two design charrettes, and three public open houses. 

 

“We are thrilled to be awarded an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant,” said Stacey Duncan, Executive Director of Broome County IDA. “This grant will move us one step closer to redeveloping critical Brownfield sites and reimagine our future during these challenging times. I am very grateful to Congressman Brindisi for his continued support and understanding of the economic needs in our region.” 

 

Assessment activities will target a region encompassing the Village of Endicott, Village of Johnson City, and the Town of Union, and includes two Qualified Opportunity Zones. The seven priority sites include a former tannery and industrial waste dump, a former shoe factory, and a former auto dealership.