EPA grants fund former industrial site cleanup

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Five cities in Iowa and one in Nebraska have received federal grants to help clean up contaminated former industrial sites.

The Environmental Protection Agency awards the money for environmental assessments, planning, and cleanup projects.

In Iowa the cities of Dubuque, Fort Dodge and Ottumwa each received $400,000 to assess sites in need of cleanup. Council Bluffs received $200,000 and Coralville $382,000.

Lincoln, Neb., is getting $400,000 to be split between two cleanup projects. One is a former scrap metal recycling facility and the other a former gas plant and lumber yard.

The EPA says grants target under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.

The EPA awarded grants to 240 projects in 45 states this year.

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