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EPA awards northwest Montana $600K in grants

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Kalispell received the largest rant -- $400,000. (MTN News photo) Kalispell received the largest rant -- $400,000. (MTN News photo)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pumping some money into Northwest Montana projects through a recently awarded grant.

Only two grants in the Treasure State -- totaling $600,000 -- were awarded to the City of Kalispell and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes by the EPA.

It's money that's now available for private commercial property owners to take that critical step towards administering an environmental assessment. Owners of sites traditionally for industrial use may not even realize the pollutants that contaminating the area.

“This is all about helping a property owner gain more information about their property that helps them then make more informed decisions about how they want to redevelop their property," said Kalispell Community Development manager Katharine Thompson.

Assessments can take as long as a few weeks or more depending on the size of the site and type of business.

“The age of the building indicates there could be asbestos containing building materials or lead based paint or another example is a property where there was once a gas station.”

The last grant of this type was awarded in 2009 and the city completed 20 jobs over the course of four years. Thompson says private property owners can contact her office directly for more information.

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