Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced that the Biden administration had given Rockford, Ill., $3.9 million in grants to supplement the loan fund renewable city brownfield cleanup. With these funds, the City of Rockford will expand loan and grant opportunities for landowners and communities to clean up contaminated sites.
“Communities in northwest and central Illinois are burdened with derelict commercial properties – many of which are so polluted that real estate development is not possible,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Today I am proud to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in announcing $3.9 million in grants to the City of Rockford to help clean up these properties and pave the way for growing economic opportunity. . I look forward to seeing how this important funding will revitalize properties and improve the community.
Today’s grants are supported by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which provides a total of $1.5 billion to advance environmental justice, spur economic revitalization and create jobs by cleaning up brownfields contaminated, polluted or hazardous industries.
Brownfield projects can range from cleaning up buildings contaminated with asbestos or lead, to assessing and cleaning up abandoned properties that once handled hazardous chemicals. Once cleared, former brownfields can be redeveloped into productive uses such as grocery stores, affordable housing, health centers, museums, parks and solar farms.
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