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Vermont's congressional delegation announced $2 million in "Brownfields" taxpayer-funded grants for the state last week. The Environmental Protection Agency funding of $400,000 is from the economic stimulus plan and will go towards clean up of and reinvestment in properties blighted by hazardous waste.

The City of Burlington will receive a $200,000 grant; the City of St. Albans will receive $400,000 in cleanup funds, and the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro will receive a $200,000 cleanup grant.

There are also four regional recipients. The Windham Regional Commission will receive $400,000. The Lamoille County Planning Commission will receive $400,000. The Northwest Regional Planning Commission will receive $200,000. The Rutland Regional Planning Commission will receive $200,000.

The EPA defines a brownfield site as a location where the presence of a hazardous substance may complicate the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of the property. Cleaning up polluted site takes development pressures off of undeveloped open land. It also improves and protects the environment.

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