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City awarded $500,000 Brownfields grant

May 26, 1999

The City of Hagerstown has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist in the cleanup of unused or abandoned land contaminated by previous commercial or industrial uses.

The grant award, which is part of the government's Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund, was announced Tuesday by Maryland's U.S. Sens. Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski.

The $500,000 grant will complement a previously awarded $200,000 EPA grant that is paying for a study to identify the sites to be cleaned up, City Planning Director Ric Kautz said.

The $200,000 study is expected to be completed before Oct. 1, 2000.

The $500,000 will be spent on cleanup efforts of sites identified in that study, Kautz said.

He said the money for the cleanup projects must be used by October 2004.

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