Four Montana organizations to receive nearly $10 million to advance environmental cleanups

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Helena, Mont.(May 12, 2022) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing four Montana organizations will receive nearly $10 million to advance environmental cleanups. Under the EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Coalition grant program, Snowy Mountain Development Corporation (SMDC) in Lewistown will receive $3.9 million, Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) in Great Falls will receive $2.65 million, Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana (Bear Paw Development) in Havre will receive $2.15 million, and Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Council (HRCD) in Butte will receive $1 million.

Utilizing RLF grant funds, SMDC, on behalf of the Central Montana Brownfields Coalition, plans to perform several cleanups throughout a six-county area in Central Montana. Cleanups will help clean up legacy contamination, provide affordable housing and eldercare and stimulate economic development in the towns of Hilger, Winnett, Roundup, Fergus and Lewistown. A priority site will be the Crowley Block in Lewistown, which when completed will provide 14 affordable housing units. SMDC has already leveraged revolving loan funds to clean up asbestos at the Crowley Block with $4.5 million in state, local, and federal resources to bring the One Health Community Health Center into the formerly vacant building. The project will result in the creation of 132 new jobs while addressing two critical housing and rural health care needs. Over the past 10 years, EPA has provided SMDC $3.8 million in funding to complete 23 cleanups throughout Central Montana.

The Brownfields Program advances President Biden’s Justive40 Initiative, which aims to deliver at least 40 percent of the benefits of certain government programs to disadvantaged communities. Approximately 86 percent of the communities selected to receive funding as part of this announcement have proposed projects in historically underserved areas. EPA’s Brownfields grants and other technical assistance programs like the RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative are also helping to build the clean energy economy.