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Murray Announces $200,000 to Clean Up Contaminated Areas in Seattle

May 21 2002

Federal grant money will support cleanup and revitalization of contaminated industrial sites

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $200,000 to help redevelop brownfield areas in the Seattle area.

The grant, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots Award, will support revitalization of the 970-acre Ballard Interbay Northend Manufacturing Industrial Center (BINMIC).

Environmental contamination at BINMIC has hampered the Center's ability to attract new businesses to the property.

"I am delighted that the EPA will provide $200,000 to support brownfield cleanup efforts at BINMIC," Senator Murray said. "I strongly support efforts to clean up and revitalize contaminated industrial sites. Redeveloping brownfields is good for the economy, the environment and our communities."

Senator Murray is a strong advocate of brownfield cleanup programs. She cosponsored the Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001, which was signed into law by the President last January.

There are an estimated 450,000 brownfields sites throughout the country, several thousand of which exist in Washington state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has previously funded many brownfield assessment pilot programs in Washington state, including programs in Aberdeen, Bellingham and Tacoma and with the Colville Confederated Tribes and the Puyallup Tribe.