Bay Area counties vie for brownfield toxic cleanup money
By Erica Holt, Bay City News Service
July 30, 2006
Several Bay Area counties have been shortlisted to receive a
piece of a $20 million fund for revitalizing underused sites contaminated
by underground petroleum leaks, the state Water Resources Control
Projects in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda and
Sonoma Counties are now on a priority list for a chunk of change
to clean up underground fuel-contaminated "brownfield"
sites, the water board reports.
California Environmental Protection Agency officials report that
"brownfields" are properties with real or perceived
contamination that may be vacant or underused due to environmental
cleanup costs and liability concerns.
The funding comes from the Orphan Site Cleanup Account, established
by Assembly Bill 1906, which provides funding for land revitalization
San Joaquin, San Diego, Fresno, Riverside, Kern, Orange and Los
Angeles counties have also submitted project proposals.
The proposed land redevelopments range from single-family homes
and low income housing to retail centers and parks.
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