One of the hazards of industrial activity is the contamination of soil and groundwater. When operations cease, often these areas (called brownfields) are compromised by pollution and must be cleaned up — a process called environmental remediation.
As reported in the Daily Herald today, the Village of Schaumburg was awarded a significant grant from the EPA to help defray the costs of assessing and cleaning up a local brownfield:
Illinois officials have awarded Schaumburg a $43,000 grant to assess contamination at a plot targeted for redevelopment.
The Environment Protection Agency’s Municipal Brownfields Redevelopment Grant will determine the extent of environmental hazards after years of commercial operations at the former Murzyn-Anderson facility at 1001 Irwin Park Road.
The village may then continue with planned cleanup and redevelopment of the land into commercial, residential and open space that officials believe will benefit the area and create jobs.
EPA will also provide direct technical support and oversight and continue to assist the village until redevelopment is complete.
The state agency has awarded $18.5 million to 132 Illinois community for environmental investigation and cleanup since October 1998.