The United States Environmental Protection Agency has granted Rochester, Rome and Niagara County a total of $1.2 million in funding for brownfield remediation and reuse. The funding comes from the EPA's Brownfields Program which aims to redevelop an estimated 450,000 waste sites throughout the state.
Rochester has received a total of $600,000 to clean four ex-industrial sites as well as assess the pollutant content of other contaminated sites throughout the city.
Rome has received $200,000 to clean/convert the former Nolan Manufacturing Building, which is heavily contaminated by hazardous polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The city of Rome plans on using the property as either a manufacturing site for clean technology/arts or as a commercial-residential live-work space.
Niagara County has received $400,000 to assess the county's 355 brownfield sites.
For more information visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/.