Racine has been awarded a $1 million brownfield grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The revolving loan fund grant will be used to clean up contaminated land in Racine to prepare it for development, according to Mayor John Dickert. (One site the city might use the money for is the former Walker Manufacturing site along the lake, for which the city has already managed to extend TIF #2 to provide ongoing funds for "environmental remediation.")
Through the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, the EPA is working to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfield sites. Racine will work with Deborah Orr, EPA's regional brownfield coordinator, to negotiate a cooperative agreement.
For Racine to attract developers or businesses, Dickert said, "it is imperative to give them a clean site to work with. A contaminated site is an immediate turn-off."