Village of Britton awarded $45,000 EGLE Grant to test for environmental contamination

For Immediate Release:
June 3, 2019
Holden Branch, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, BranchH1@Michigan.gov, 517-331-0993
Jill A. Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

A former grain elevator in the Village of Britton will be evaluated for potential environmental contamination with the help of a $45,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

The grant will help the Village of Britton in Lenawee County determine whether past uses contaminated the soil or groundwater. Grain elevators typically store bulk herbicides and pesticides for sale to farmers. When containers would leak or spill, the chemicals could result in contaminated soil and groundwater. As a result, grain elevator property is at risk for contamination, and must be evaluated before redevelopment.

Once the environmental condition is known, the Village of Britton aims to return the former grain elevator to productive use.

EGLE partners with communities to protect public health and the environment, and revitalize contaminated property. EGLE grants and loans pay for environmental investigation and cleanup on brownfields, which are vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected environmental contamination.

More than half of EGLE's budget each year flows into Michigan communities in the form of grants, loans and other spending that supports local projects that protect public health and the environment, while spurring economic growth and creating jobs for Michigan workers in the process.

Partnerships between EGLE and communities have created over $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each grant and loan dollar invested by EGLE in 2018 to protect residents and the environment is expected to return an average of $42 to the state's economy. When brownfields are redeveloped, property values increase both on the revitalized site and on other nearby properties. Learn more at Michigan.gov/EGLEBrownfields.

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