The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $600,000 in funding to help clean up Brownfield sites in Marion and Indianapolis. The agency says the projects will not only protect the environment and the health of residents, but also help create jobs.

The Indiana Finance Authority has received $300,000 to clean up contamination along the Mississinewa Riverfront at the former Salvage Yard in Marion. The city says it plans to redevelop the area to improve recreational opportunities.

The city of Indianapolis also received $300,000 to clean up property in the King Park neighborhood. The city plans to redevelop the area north of downtown into housing.

"EPA’s Brownfield program will help Indiana revitalize distressed properties, improve public health, create jobs and boost local economic opportunities," said Douglas Ballotti, acting director of the EPA Region 5 Superfund Division. "EPA’s funds often make the difference that helps leverage private sector resources to make cleanups and reuse of properties possible."

The EPA says it provides supplemental funding to previous grant recipients who have successfully used previous Brownfield grants and need additional funds to continue cleanup work.

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