N.C. Brownfield Grants Total $1.6 Million

An estimated $1.6 million in grants, including funds from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will be used to help communities in North Carolina clean up brownfields, which may be contaminated by hazardous chemicals or pollutants.

The grants, which include $1 million from the Recovery Act and $600,000 from the EPA brownfields general program funding, will help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites.

Applicants selected to receive Recovery Act funds are Concord - $200,000, Durham - $400,000, and Greensboro - $400,000, all of which will be applied to community-wide assessment.

Applicants selected to receive brownfields general program funds are Greenville - $200,000 and New Bern - $400,000, both for community-wide assessment.