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City aided in brownfield cleanup efforts

The city of Rochester has received a $200,000 grant to support its efforts to investigate, clean up and revitalize brownfield sites.

The grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency will be used for environmental site assessments of key brownfield sites located within Brownfield Opportunity Areas in the city. Four such areas, totaling 1,867 acres, have been established in the city’s northeast, northwest and southwest quadrants.

Initial brownfield site inventories have been completed for all four BOAs. Under the EPA funded BOA Site Assessment Program, the city and its community partners will select strategic and accessible brownfield sites for environmental investigations.

The city expects to begin to use the brownfield grant to investigate properties in the fall.