Environmental Protection

Carnegie Mellon University Selected for Brownfields Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to receive an estimated $900,000 grant to help support community revitalization.

The EPA brownfields grant -- to be spread over five years -- will be used by the university in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center to train representatives from up to 150 communities on how to reuse contaminated land.

"EPA's brownfields initiatives have energized communities by breathing new life into abandoned properties, rebuilding tax bases, and providing valuable employment opportunities for local residents," said Donald S. Welsh, administrator for EPA's mid-Atlantic region. "We're committed to building partnerships that ensure people in the local communities reap the benefits of brownfields redevelopment."

The grant to Carnegie Mellon is one of 10 EPA grants awarded nationwide this year for brownfields training, research, and technical assistance projects that explore new and innovative ideas in the areas of human health, environmental protections, sustainable development, and equitable development.

For more information on the brownfields training, research, and technical assistance grants, go to: http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/trta.htm .

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