Brownfields grants spur community revitalization

June 23, 2015

NEW YORK — The town will clean up contaminated areas to build a waterfront park and retail space.

NEW YORK — The Camden Redevelopment Agency will receive $944,710 in brownfields grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a press release.

The funds will allow the city to clean up contaminated sites and revitalize communities, noted the release. Work to clean up a landfill will continue and a park will also be built.

“The EPA’s brownfields program helps transform communities by cleaning up toxic pollution, improving the quality of life for neighborhoods and creating jobs,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck in the release. “The nearly $1 million of funding … brings to $6 million the total amount of brownfield dollars that EPA has invested in Camden.”

One area of the landfill has many kinds of waste including chemicals, industrial and medical waste, stated the release. A clean portion of the site now includes the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, while another part will feature the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park with restored wetlands, walking trails and landscaped areas.

Camden will also use the funds to convert a property contaminated with arsenic, metals and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons into a retail business, reported the release, in addition to other projects.

The brownfields program has provided more than $21 billion for clean and redevelopment activities since its inception in 1995, shared the release. The funds have created around 93,000 jobs nationwide.

You can find the entire release here.

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