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City awarded $600K for brownfield cleanup

Rochester will receive $600,000 from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to identify and remove petroleum and other hazardous substances from city properties.

“This money will go a long way toward helping us attract new investment to the city by returning vacant property to the real estate market,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. 

The grants were awarded under the EPA’s Brownfields Program, which enables communities to find new uses for properties that have environmental challenges as a result of pollutants, contaminants or hazardous substances.

Rochester was awarded $400,000 to perform hazardous-substance and petroleum assessments at various locations across the city and $200,000 to clean up the former Greyhound bus station on Andrews Street.

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