MANATEE -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will award $1 million for the assessment of suspected polluted sites along the Tamiami Trail.
The grant to the Sarasota/Bradenton Metropolitan Planning Organization is among $7 million in grants to 10 communities in Florida for the assessment and cleanup of brownfields properties, including abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, closed smelters, and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties.
The grants are expected to be awarded in October, said Mike Howe, executive director of the Sarasota/Bradenton Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The grants will allow assessment of pollution from gas stations, auto repair businesses and dry cleaning businesses that have been in many cases been abandoned.
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Once the properties are cleaned up they will become useful and productive again, contributing to the revitalization of the Tamiami Trail, Howe said.