MILWAUKEE (AP) — Six Wisconsin communities, as well as Marinette County, will receive a total of $3.6 million in Environmental Protection Agency grants to clean up contaminated properties.
Milwaukee will receive $600,000 for three sites, two at Century City — the former A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive manufacturing complex — and a third at 143 E. Lincoln Ave., said Dave Misky, assistant executive director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee.
The grants earmarked for Century City will supplement clean-up efforts of a “number of environmental issues that need to be addressed on the property,” Misky said. “These two grants will help the city achieve its goal of redeveloping this property as an industrial park.”
While the Century City grants will be used “very quickly,” Misky said work on the Lincoln Avenue site would wait until a company would commit to occupying it.
Ashland will receive $400,000 to clean up the Chicago Iron and Supplies property. Janesville, Manitowoc and Racine will receive $400,000 each to clean up hazardous substances in their communities. There are no specific sites listed. Marinette County gets $200,000 for overall hazardous materials cleanup. West Allis has been awarded $1.2 million.
The grants are part of more than $76 million in EPA money designed to clean up brownfields in communities around the country. The EPA estimates there are 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites in America.