Former coal yard in Alma will be investigated with $40,000 EGLE grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 5, 2019
Janet Michaluk, EGLE Brownfield Coordinator, MichalukJ@Michigan.gov,  517-643-0314
Jill Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

An underused property in Alma will be investigated for potential environmental contamination with a $40,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The grant will help the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority of the County of Gratiot determine whether past uses have contaminated the soil or groundwater.

The site is believed to be contaminated because it was formerly used as a coal yard, coal distribution company and for auto sales – businesses that have a high risk for causing contamination. If the site is contaminated, the cost to make the site safe for reuse will be determined. Then, once the environmental condition is evaluated, the property will be sold and returned 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 grants, loans and other spending; this supports local projects, protects public health and the environment, and creates economic growth and jobs for Michigan workers. Partnerships between EGLE and communities have created more than $4.7 billion in private investment and 24,000 new jobs over the life of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Each brownfield 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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