TONOPAH, Nev. - Nye County has been selected to receive $800,00 in federal grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Brownfields environmental cleanup efforts on distressed tribal properties, mine-scarred lands, abandoned automotive stations and aged buildings with hazardous structural materials.
The work through the Rural Desert Southwest Brownfields Coalition can be used to spur socio-economic redevelopment and support renewable energy and local food security.
The funding is to be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which Nye County will provide up to four loans and one subgrant to support cleanup activities for sites contaminated with $600,000 for hazardous substances and $200,00 for petroleum sites.
Grant funds also will be used to market the revolving loan fund, support community involvement activities, and oversee site cleanup.
The Brownfields program targets economically disadvantaged communities and provides funding and assistance to transform contaminated sites into assets that can generate jobs and spur economic growth. The Coalition's region is characterized by rural and underserved communities who face inherited brownfield challenges. They have overcome these barriers through effective partnership building, collaboration, coordinated grant management, and resource sharing.
Nye County's coalition partners are the counties of Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, and White Pine in Nevada; Inyo County in California; and the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe on the Duckwater Reservation.
Nationally, $54.3 million was awarded to 221 projects, including $1.4 million in Nevada.