Atlantic City and Maurice River Township will receive a portion of nearly $3.8 million in grants through the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up contaminated land.
The EPA’s brownfields restoration program helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse land that has been contaminated from former uses, such as factories, gas stations and other industries that have been environmentally harmful.
Among the grants announced Wednesday:
$200,000 for Atlantic City to clean up a one-acre tract in Chelsea Heights at South Boulevard and North Raleigh Avenue. The land was contaminated with heavy metals and other chemicals when contaminated fill was used to raise the site’s elevation. Money will be used for a clean-up and community outreach.
$200,000 for Atlantic City to clean-up the Riverside Business Park along North Riverside Drive and Route 30. Multiple gas stations, restaurants and a steel mill were on the 11-acre tract. The soil now is contaminated with heavy metals, various types of petroleum products and other chemicals. Money also will be used for community involvement.
$200,000 for Maurice River Township to clean-up the Sapello Foundry site at 65 Broadway St. The site, which made iron pumps, has been vacant since 1993. The soil is contaminated with heavy metals, hydrocarbons, PCBs and hexavalent chromium. Money also will be used for community outreach.
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