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Niagara County wins EPA brownfield grant

LOCKPORT – Niagara County announced Monday that it has won another $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in its brownfield cleanup program.

In 2008, the county created the Niagara County Brownfields Development Corp., which began with a $1 million EPA grant and has been bolstered by several others since then.

The corporation, headed by Senior Planner Amy E. Fisk, makes grants and loans available for private and municipal cleanup projects. It has authorized $6.7 million worth of cleanups in its history.

“We have seen successful cleanup efforts countywide, including sites in my own hometown of Lockport, such as the Dussault Foundry,” said County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall, R-Lockport. “These are contaminated legacy sites we’ve had to restore to a usable, productive, clean status, both for the economic benefits, and to ensure our children inherit a cleaner community from us than the one we inherited.”

The latest grant was part of a nationwide announcement late Friday of $55.2 million from the EPA for 130 local environmental projects.