Bustos, Durbin announce $600,000 in federal funding to clean and redevelop contaminated sites in Central, Northern Illinois

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded two grants totaling $600,000 to Illinois communities to assess, clean, and redevelop “brownfield” contaminated waste sites. Today’s funding is part of $54.3 million awarded nationwide by the EPA. The grants target local, under-served and economically disadvantaged areas. Since 1995, more than 20,000 properties have been assessed, and more than 850 properties have been cleaned up through this program. In addition to increasing property values and revitalizing communities, investments through the Brownfields program have resulted in more than 105,000 jobs nationwide.

“I’m pleased to announce this important investment in the safety, health and well-being of our region,” said Bustos. “Today’s investment will help make these communities even better places to live, work and raise a family.”


“This federal funding will support efforts to clean up hazardous materials which undermine the health, growth, and beauty of communities in Illinois,” Durbin said.

Brownfields are properties upon which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous materials and substances. Brownfield properties include abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, closed smelters, and other abandoned industrial properties.

The following communities will receive funding under this announcement:

• Peoria, Illinois: $400,000 in funding for community-wide assessment, cleanup, and planning. This grant will be used to conduct environmental site assessments for hazardous substances and petroleum. Funding will also be used to develop cleanup plans and support community outreach activities and health monitoring.

• Rockford, Illinois: $200,000 in funding for community-wide assessment, cleanup, and planning. This grant will be used to conduct environmental site assessments for hazardous substances and petroleum. Funding will also be used to develop cleanup plans and support community outreach activities and health monitoring.