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April 7, 2004

County Sponsors Workshop to Plan Brownfield Cleanups

Community leaders and local government officials will meet Thursday, April 22 to learn about opportunities for assessing and remediating abandoned Brownfield sites along the Oswego River Corridor.

Oswego County, through the Department of Planning and Community Development, has received two Brownfield assessment grants totaling $400,000 from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. One grant will address petroleum-contaminated sites and the other will focus on non-petroleum hazardous sites. The funds will be used to inventory and assess abandoned or underutilized Brownfield sites for future revitalization.

The EPA and the County Department of Planning and Community Development are sponsoring the workshop, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Captain's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, East First Street, Oswego.

Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized manufacturing or industrial sites.

"This assistance will significantly help the county further its revitalization efforts, provided there is an active participation of a broad range of stakeholders" said County Legislature Chairman Russ Johnson, District 25, Fulton.

The workshop will explain both the state and federal Brownfield programs, the importance of community and neighborhood partnerships, issues that affect redevelopment, and strategies for cleanup of contaminated properties.

For further information, call Brian Frazier, Director, at the Department of Planning and Community Development, phone 349-8292 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8292.

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