JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A $300,000 grant will provide a chance to help clean up possible environmental hazards in the area and turn them into so-called Brownfields sites, officials with an area planning group said Thursday.
The East Arkansas Planning & Development District will receive the funding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, with the money going toward two different projects in 12 area counties.
The group will use a $200,000 community-wide hazardous substance grant to do site assessments, while a $100,000 grant will be used for petroleum-based site assessments.
The money will also be used to update the group's brownfields inventory, set brownfields sites, create reuse and cleanup plans and build community outreach, officials said.
Melissa Rivers, who serves as the executive director for EAPDD, said the grant will help meet a serious concern.
"This grant affords us an unparalleled opportunity to aid communities in addressing the unique Brownfield challenges that face our region," Rivers said in a statement to Region 8 News. "It will position our region to compete in our global economy and support an environment fostering job growth and economic development. We are excited to work with our communities and EPA to see the project through to fruition."
EAPDD began work on the project in 2012 and has worked on two projects in Clay County so far.