The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $300,000 grant to the Niagara County Brownfields Development Corp. for its use in the county agency's efforts toward cleaning up former industrial sites.
The money will be used to pay for assessing the condition of brownfields: $100,000 earmarked for sites believed to have underground petroleum contamination, and $200,000 for sites with any other type of pollution.
The county brownfields corporation also makes grants and loans available to owners of contaminated sites to help with their redevelopment plans. The EPA has been the primary source of funding for the corporation, approving several grants to the corporation over the past decade.
The $300,000 grant was the largest allowed under EPA funding rules, and it was one of only three presented in New York State.