Jeffersonville gets grant to clean up brownfields

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:41 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- A southern Indiana city is getting a $400,000 federal grant to help it clean up some of its old industrial sites.
 
   Half of Jeffersonville's brownfield grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will be used for properties tainted with hazardous substances and the other half for sites polluted with petroleum. The grant also covers inventory and planning for potential cleanups.
 
   Jeffersonville grant administrator DeLynn Draper-Rutherford says the cleanup work could encourage developers to invest in brownfields because the initial steps for rehabilitation would be done before they obtain the property.
 
   She also says the Ohio River city could file insurance claims as far back as 50 years, citing the contamination, and settlement money could also go toward redevelopment.
 
   Requests for proposals for environmental assessors will be submitted in October.

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