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Duluth gets another $400,000 for industrial cleanup

The City of Duluth will get another $400,000 from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to help find and clean-up polluted industrial sites in the city.

The EPA announced the so-called brownfield grants Wednesday. Half the money will go toward finding and cleaning up sites with industrial pollutants, with half specifically targeting sites with petroleum-based problem materials.

Pakou Ly, Duluth city spokeswoman, said the money can be used citywide, but may be especially helpful in attracting matching funds for projects in the city’s western areas along the St. Louis River.

Duluth is one of 171 communities throughout the U.S. set to receive Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants this year. The city has received several brownfield grants in past years to help clean up polluted sites, such as the Atlas Cement site and the Heritage Sports Center.

“These grants mark an important step in cleaning up valuable land within Duluth for future projects to generate jobs and economic development, as well as for the sake of a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone who lives, works, and enjoys this great city,” U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said in a release. “These are the kinds of worthwhile grant projects we work hard to fund and bring home to the Eighth District and the State of Minnesota.”