State Gets Federal Cleanup Money

New Mexico – The New Mexico Environment Department will receive $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess and clean up potentially contaminated locations known as brownfields.

Those are properties where redevelopment or reuse could be complicated by the potential presence of hazardous substances.

The EPA grant provides $200,000 for petroleum sites and $200,000 for other hazardous waste sites.

Environment Secretary Ron Curry says the money will help officials assess possible properties in New Mexico. After that, the sites can be cleaned up for development or be converted into parks, trails, affordable housing or for other uses.

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