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Seneca County pursues brownfield grants to revitalize contaminated sites

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In an attempt to revitalize contaminated properties and reintegrate them into the tax rolls, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an application for brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The county seeks up to $1.5 million to assist in this endeavor. As part of an established brownfield strategy, Seneca County, alongside the county-sponsored Finger Lakes Regional Land Bank, has formulated agreements with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the State Comptroller’s New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund.

This arrangement might enable the county and land bank to take over, cleanse, and repurpose brownfield properties while minimizing associated liabilities.

The county is also actively seeking funding to conduct Environmental Site Assessments and formulate remediation plans for identified brownfield locations. With the EPA’s 2024 Brownfield Assessment Coalition Grant Program application deadline set for November 13, Seneca County will act as the primary agency.

Partnerships are in place with the towns of Seneca Falls, Waterloo, and the Ovid-based agency Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS), while the land bank has partnered with the village of Waterloo and the county Industrial Development Agency.