Rep. Gene Green Congratulates the City of Houston for Receiving Brownfields Investments Grants from the EPA
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the City of Houston’s Fifth Ward was awarded $300,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Community Environmental Assessment Grants. The Brownfields Program, an important program created by Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency in 2002, assists communities with the cleanup of brownfields sites and encourages economic redevelopment.
“Houston and Harris County, Texas have a number of former industrial sites that have become brownfields programs or have potential to be. Grants through the Brownfields Program have been instrumental in transforming some of these underutilized and abandoned sites into productive properties in our community. Minute Maid Park, home of the World Series Champion Houston Astros, is one of the country’s best-known brownfields success stories. There are many benefits to investing in smaller and disadvantaged communities through the brownfields programs, jobs are created and communities are revitalized.”
To date, the Brownfields Program has leveraged nearly $24 billion and created over 124,000 jobs across the United States.