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EPA turns attention to contaminated projects in Minnesota

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Susan Hedman recently stood alongside Duluth, Minnesota Mayor Don Ness to announce that $850,000 in funds would be given to the community to help clean up contaminated sites, create new jobs, and protect public health.

Funds from the EPA brownfield grants have already helped assess the environmental impacts of the Clyde Iron Works site, allowing it to be cleaned up and redeveloped into the current Duluth Heritage Sports Center.

"EPA's brownfield grants will be used to clean up contaminated sites along the St. Louis River and Lake Superior shoreline in Duluth," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman. "These grants will help to expand recreational opportunities and create jobs.”

Duluth is receiving these grants to clean up hazardous materials and brownfield sites throughout the city, including sites that previously housed warehouses, freight depots, and manufacturing facilities. The grants are a part of the EPA's $69.3 million nationwide brownfield grant program, which helps communities across the country assess contaminated worksites, perform cleanup and redevelop properties, boost local economies, create jobs, and protect public health.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extensive resources regarding proper cleanup of hazardous waste materials. Ensure workers are wearing appropriate safety products, such as respiratory protection, safety glasses, and protective clothing.

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