Pennsylvania will receive $14 million to clean up brownfields, properties that are difficult to repurpose or develop due to contamination. The funding will be distributed among 18 counties, townships, and conservation groups across the state, all of which applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfield Program.
Among the recipients are the Delaware County Redevelopment Authority, which will receive $1 million, and the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority, which will get $500,000. In total, the money will help clean up toxic waste and spills in nineteen different sites across the state.
“From Darlington to Nanticoke to Philadelphia, this funding will support community revitalization which will create safer environments for children and families and opportunities for new businesses and investment,” U.S Senator Bob Casey said in a statement.
Philly has several brownfields, some of which have already been remediated and turned into attractions, such as Rivers Casino in Fishtown and the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park.