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Friday, May 10, 2013

EPA gives $600,000 grant to Beltline for brownfield clean-up efforts

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the Atlanta Beltline yet another grant to help further clean-up efforts along the city's 22-mile loop of parks.

The $600,000 federal award - funded by the EPA's Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants - will help improve polluted areas along the Beltline's northeast corridor between Monroe Drive and Buford Highway.

"We are thrilled to showcase the project to a national audience," said Lisa Gordon, Atlanta BeltLine Inc.'s chief operating officer and interim leader. "We are looking forward to sharing and learning best practices with projects from around the country."

This isn't the first time that the environmental agency has lent financial support to the Beltline. In 2009, the EPA awarded a similar $1 million grant to help pay for the clean-ups of hazardous properties along seven redevelopment areas. Among the toxic sites included were parts of Memorial Drive, Pryor Road, Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Simpson Road, Campbellton Road, Jonesboro Road, and Stadium Area/Summerhill.

"Through these grant resources local, communities can continue to assess, cleanup and redevelop properties to meet local needs for jobs, housing and recreation while protecting people's health and the local environment," Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, said in a statement.

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