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Ohio EPA Workshop to be Held in Cleveland December 4; State, Federal Help Available to Redevelop Blighted Properties

Ohio EPA is offering a free workshop to inform communities of the state and federal resources available to help redevelop brownfields, or blighted properties. The workshop will be held Dec. 4, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Ariel International Center (Skyline Lakeroom), 1163 East 40th Street, Cleveland. Registration information is online.

Speakers from Ohio EPA, Ohio Development Services Agency, U.S. EPA, Cuyahoga County Department of Development, Ariel Ventures, and Kansas State University (which provides assistance to communities through a U.S. EPA grant) will address the following topics:

Workshops can be scheduled for other Ohio communities by contacting Rikki Knerr at (614) 728-1749 or Amy Yersavich at (614) 644-2285.

In the past 17 years, Ohio EPA has helped revitalize more than 7,000 acres of blighted land at more than 350 sites across the state.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA....40 years and moving forward.

 


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