The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that the Pulaski County Brownfields Program will receive $820,000 in grant funding; highest amount awarded under the 2016 EPA Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant Competition.
“As one of only fourteen Revolving Loan Fund Grants awarded in the nation, the Pulaski County Brownfields team is honored to be recognized by the U.S. EPA for its continued commitment to community revitalization,” Brownfields Administrator Josh Fout said.
Pulaski County Brownfields is also one of two 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.
“For the second year in a row Josh Fout has brought national recognition to the Pulaski County Brownfields Program,” Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said. “These grant funds will reduce environmental hazards, initiate more development in key areas of the county and create jobs.”
The Pulaski County Brownfields Program and the Our House Children’s Center received the Phoenix Award for Excellence at the National Brownfields Conference in Chicago in 2015. The redevelopment project transformed a 31-year-old contaminated property into a place where homeless and near homeless children can receive care and support.
“The Brownfields Program is making tremendous strides toward revitalizing areas in Pulaski County one ‘brownfield’ at a time,” Pulaski County Community Services Director Fred Love said. “I’m extremely proud of the Brownfields staff for all of their hard work and the Revolving Loan Fund board of directors who have been steadfast in ensuring funds are distributed responsibly and efficiently to projects that will make a significant impact on the community.”
For more information about the Pulaski County Brownfields Program, call 501-340-3376 or read more.