Oregon getting $2.1M for brownfields cleanup

The state of Oregon and five local governments will share $2.1 million for cleaning up contaminated sites.

The state of Oregon and five local governments will share $2.1 million for cleaning up contaminated sites.

The state of Oregon and five other local governments will receive $2.1 million to clean up contaminated properties.

The Environmental Protection Agency dished out the funds to Oregon, the cities of Eugene, Troutdale and Vernonia and the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District as part of the agency’s brownfields grants program. The funding could help perk up former industrial sites.

Business Oregon, which is the state’s economic development agency, will get $700,000 for a loan fund. The city of Eugene will receive a $680,200 grant that will help it assess future clean-up sites with leaders from Springfield and Lane County.

The Northeast Oregon district will use $400,000 to conduct site assessments in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties.

Troutdale’s $200,000 grant will help the Portland suburb perform work at the Troutdale Riverfront Redevelopment property, at 302 N.W. 257th Way. The site had been home to a slaughterhouse and rendering plant between 1901 and 1970.

Vernonia grabbed $200,000 for various assessment and community outreach tasks.

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