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                         THE WHITE HOUSE
                  Office of the Vice President
                   Wednesday, July 15, 1998
                   CONTACT: (202) 456-7035


(For more information on the Brownfields Pilots via
the Internet, visit the EPA Brownfields Home Web Pages at:

Washington, DC -- Vice President Gore awarded 71 new grants,
for over $14 million, today to help communities clean up and
redevelop Brownfields -- abandoned, contaminated properties,
often found in distressed areas -- and return them to thriving
centers of prosperity.

"There is no greater example of the environment and the
economy working hand in hand to benefit the American people
than the Administration's efforts to clean up and revitalize
Brownfields," said Vice President Gore, who announced the
new round of Brownfields grants at the White House
Community Empowerment Conference. "Across the nation,
cities are coming back to life with new jobs, new opportunities,
and new hope."

To date, the federal government has awarded 228 Brownfields
grants, for over $42 million, to states, cities, towns, counties,
and tribes. These grants have leveraged nearly $1 billion for
redevelopment and created over 2,000 jobs.

Today's announcement builds on the Administration's efforts
to breathe new life, new opportunity, and new hope into the
nation's central cities and isolated rural areas. The Brownfields
redevelopment efforts are an important part of the President's
overall community empowerment agenda.

Since 1993, the Administration has taken significant steps to
clean up and redevelop Brownfields and return them to
productive use, such as removing legal barriers to
redevelopment; creating a national model to determine the
best way to revitalize communities; providing a targeted tax
incentive to businesses that purchase and cleanup these
sites; and providing over $42 million in seed money to 228
communities for revitalization.

The Vice President chairs the Community Empowerment
Board, which oversees various initiatives to bring together
distressed communities to develop plans for revitalization.
The three-day, fourth annual White House Community
Empowerment Conference brings together communities to
discuss community empowerment strategies.

The Brownfields grants awarded today total about $200,000
for each community. The states, communities and tribes
selected to receive the new grants include:
Wayne County, MI
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor/Benton Charter Township, MI
Ypsilanti, MI
Saginaw, MI
Flint, MI
For more information on the Brownfields Initiative via
the Internet, visit the EPA Brownfields Home Page at:

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