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EPA grant to go toward cleaning up Air Force Plant at Tulsa International Airport

Posted at 2:11 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 15:11:05-04

TULSA — Tulsa has been selected for $500,000 in EPA Brownfields funding, which will address asbestos in a portion of the Air Force Plant #3 building at the Tulsa International Airport.

The cleanup will allow the building to be reused and provide space for further development of the airport.

“We are very grateful for this Brownfield cleanup grant from the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum. “Remediation of asbestos will make more of Air Force Plant 3 available for expansion and job creation. With Navistar, Spirit Aerosystems and Nordam, the tradition continues for Air Force Plant 3 as an important employment center in Tulsa.”

Tulsa is one of 149 communities across the country that has been selected to receive grant awards, which will go toward aiding underserved and economically disadvantaged communities and cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

“These grants fulfill several of President Trump’s top priorities simultaneously: helping communities in need transform contaminated sites into community assets that not only create jobs and jumpstart economic development but also improve public health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “We are targeting these funds to areas that need them the most. Approximately 40 percent of the selected recipients are receiving Brownfields grants for the first time, which means we are reaching areas that may previously been neglected, and 108 of the selected communities have identified sites or targeted areas for redevelopment that fall within Opportunity Zones.”

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