Pulaski County and Josh Fout, Pulaski County Brownfields Administrator, were recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for obtaining the highest grant amount funded by the agency–$820,000.
“It’s rare that programs choose the revolving loan fund option, most choose to sub-grant the funds. But Pulaski County Brownfields loans the money which enables communities to see continued progress,” EPA Team Leader, Mary Kemp said.
Pulaski County Brownfields is one of two programs in Region 6, which includes Louisiana and Texas, to receive the highest grant award. The grant funds will be used for cleanups and community engagement activities to be distributed as follows: $620,000 for hazardous substances and $200,000 for petroleum.
“Without the support of County Judge Barry Hyde and Community Services Director Fred Love, the program would not be what it is. With the awarded funds, communities are able to experience economic growth,” said Fout. “The EPA is truly a partner of the Pulaski County Brownfields Program…I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Kemp said, “The grant process is so competitive. We award approximately $35 – $39 million but the needs are actually $70 – $80 million. Pulaski County should be really proud of the program and of Josh.”