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Associated Press, Published May 08 2013

Minot, New Rockford get EPA cleanup grants

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a total of $800,000 to two North Dakota communities as part of a nationwide program to assess, cleanup and redevelop contaminated properties.

The city of New Rockford will receive a $200,000 EPA brownfields site grant to clean up the New Rockford City Hospital site contaminated with inorganic contaminants.

The city of Minot is receiving $600,000 in assessment grants to focus on the downtown redevelopment area affected by flooding in 2011 and other flooded locations adjacent to the Souris River. A pair of $200,000 grants will allow for an assessment of hazardous substances and petroleum and another $200,000 grant will be used for area-wide planning.

The grants are part of $62.5 million awarded nationwide to 240 recipients.

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