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EPA grants City of Tucson $1M through Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Cochise County will receive $500,000
Tucson City Hall
Posted at 9:01 AM, Aug 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-05 12:01:50-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Tucson $1 million through a Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund.

This will allow the city to provide six loans and two subgrants, which would revolve back into a fund supporting future Brownfields cleanups.

The following Southern Arizona leaders are participating:

  • Tucson Mayor Regina Romero
  • Congressman Raúl Grijalva
  • Cochise County Board Chair Ann English
  • Additional elected officials and staff from Cochise County
  • ADEQ leadership

"A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant," the EPA shared online.

City officials say the use of these funds will go toward the the following Tucson neighborhoods:

  • La Doce
  • Thrive in the 05
  • Barrio Centro/Julia Keen Neighborhood
  • Downtown Tucson/Historic Barrios

The Southern Arizona leaders met Thursday to discuss the grants at the Park Tucson conference room, 110 E. Pennington St.

Their meeting place was once a Brownfields site that was supported by EPA grant funding.

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