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Duluth, other cities get pollution cleanup grants

Four area cities received grants today that will help them clean up contaminated sites within their limits and create local jobs in the process. Duluth, Hermantown, Grand Rapids and Virginia were four of 14 recipients awarded money statewide by t...

Four area cities received grants today that will help them clean up contaminated sites within their limits and create local jobs in the process.

Duluth, Hermantown, Grand Rapids and Virginia were four of 14 recipients awarded money statewide by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The organization grants money twice a year under its Contamination Cleanup Grant Program to help clean up polluted sites across the state.

More than $1.6 million was awarded in the most recent installment, $326,000 of which will go to clean up and in some cases redevelop sites in the four local cities.

The Duluth Economic Development Authority received a $48,000 investigation grant to search for certain metals in a Bayfront lot that used to be home to an electrical equipment manufacturer. The work is expected to create three jobs.

The city of Hermantown was awarded a $22,125 investigation grant to see if a former Cich Autobody site is polluted with petroleum, metals and other disruptive organic compounds. It will later be redeveloped into a small business that makes hospice care devices. The work is expected to create four jobs.

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The city of Virginia received a $207,562 cleanup grant to clean up a contaminated site and develop it in to a 15-unit facility for homeless youth. The project is expected to create two jobs.

The Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority was awarded a $48,750 investigation grant to explore a site previously home to an oriented strand board manufacturing facility for contaminated materials. The site will later be redeveloped into the Itasca Eco-Industrial Park. The work is expected to create 70 new jobs.

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