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BernCo Awarded Brownfield Grant

05/12/2020

Bernalillo County has been selected for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield grant to assess and clean up contaminated sites in the South Valley.

The EPA’s Brownfield Program empowers states, counties, communities and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up and reuse brownfields. Brownfields are described as property that is capable of reuse, expansion, or redevelopment that may be complicated by existing hazardous substances from previous uses of the land.

“This is a chance to correct some environmental mistakes that were made while the South Valley of Bernalillo County was growing into the vibrant productive area it is today,” says Bernalillo County District 2 Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada. “This grant presents a new opportunity to improve the health and safety of this area and for the residents of Bernalillo County.”

 

Assessment will focus on the commercial corridors of Bridge, Rio Bravo, and Broadway boulevards in the unincorporated areas of the county. Priority sites include a former paint manufacturing site and a group of properties with a history of heavy industrial and manufacturing use.

Partners in the Brownfield grant are the Partnership for Community Action and the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation.

Bernalillo County was one of 155 communities and tribes receiving a grant from the $65.6 million available from the EPA.

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