EPA gives grants to Oklahoma City and tribe

June 9, 2017 by  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Kickapoo Tribe and Oklahoma City several grants to aid cleaning up communities in various parts of the United States and eliminate Brownfields.

Nearly $57 million in 279 grants have been given out by the agency. Brownfields are commercial or industrial areas that cannot be developed or renovated due to the amount of pollution it would give off. They are often abandoned buildings or old facilities in much need of improvements.

Oklahoma’s Kickapoo Tribe received $200,000 to take care of hazardous substances in its tribal compound in Lincoln County near McLoud. The area spanning 15 acres has a building which used to be a gym that is contaminated with various components. Assessment grants totaling $300,000 went to Oklahoma City. The grants will fund 21 Phase I and II environmental analyses. With the results, the city will create two plans on how to fix the problems. The last of the grant money is to clean up petroleum in the same two-phase analysis and clean-up plan agenda.

According to Steve Russell, congressman, the city has had previous success with eliminating Brownfields. Thanks to the grants, Bricktown has gone from an abandoned industrial eyesore to a booming commercial hotspot. They save the environment and money in the process.

Renovations and development takes months of construction. The city may want to put up signs to tell residents details about the construction.