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EPA Grants to Help Jump-Start Economic Redevelopment in Rialto

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of Rialto Redevelopment Agency $600,000 in Brownfield grants, which will help the city encourage the clean up and redevelopment of abandoned and underutilized properties in the city.

These are the first such federal Brownfield Grants awarded to the City of Rialto and will help the city identify and address contamination by previous land uses.

"I am very pleased that the City of Rialto has received these grants," said Mayor Grace Vargas. "This money from the EPA will enable the city to accelerate our redevelopment efforts and allow us to investigate and address potential environmental contamination within the community."

Rialto has received a $400,000 Brownfield Grant for investigating sites for petroleum and hazardous substances within two identified targeted areas, the Central Business District near the railroad tracks, the Foothill Boulevard corridor and other suspected brownfield sites throughout the city. The EPA also awarded Rialto with a $200,000 Brownfield Clean-Up Grant, which will be used to help clean up an existing industrial brownfield site.

The Clean-Up grant will also assist Rialto in remediating a contaminated industrial site that was acquired by the Agency as part of a larger site assemblage and redevelopment project. This larger 18.5 acre site will support a 200,000 square foot sub-regional commercial retail development that will create an estimated 200 new jobs and generate significant sales tax revenues for the City.

Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto), who was influential in obtaining the grant, said, "The remediation and redevelopment will assist the Agency to eliminate blight, create new job opportunities and provide needed goods and services for the community."

As part of the grant oversight, the Redevelopment Agency will establish a Brownfields Advisory Committee made up of local community stakeholders that will assist in identifying and selecting the sites that will be investigated with the grant funds, said Greg Lantz, Economic Development Manager for the city Redevelopment Agency.

The Brownfield Grants are part of EPA's recent announcement that $78.9 million were awarded nationwide for 304 projects under the federal Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act.

More than $1.5 million was awarded to the Southern California communities of Brea, Los Angeles County, Rialto and San Diego.

For more information on the Brownfield Grants awarded to Rialto, visit the City of Rialto's website at www.rialtoca.gov or contact Rialto's Redevelopment Agency at (909) 879-1150.

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