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EPA Funds Boost for Manitowoc, Billions in Cleanup and Redevelopment Projects | WTAQ News Talk | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM

The former Brillion Iron Works building will be demolished on December 6, 2019. PC: Fox 11 Online

(WTAQ-WLUK) – A cleanup project in Manitowoc and another in Brillion are receiving funding from the EPA.

Under the bipartisan infrastructure bill, more than $8.6 million will go to five Wisconsin communities to assess and clean up contaminated properties and convert them into community assets that attract good-paying jobs and grow local economies.

The two projects in Northeast Wisconsin are:

Manitowoc

$1,961,500 for cleanup of the Phase I redevelopment area at 1512 Washington Street. In 1893, the 2.3 hectare cleanup site was occupied by the Henry Vits tannery and six residential buildings. In 1898, Henry Vits converted his tannery for the production of aluminum products; Aluminum production continued at the site until 1986. The now vacant cleanup site is contaminated with heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds and PCBs. Grant funds will also be used to develop a site-specific community engagement plan and conduct community engagement activities.

Brilliant

$500,000 to clean up Redevelopment Area 4 of the Brillion Iron Works redevelopment, located at Park Avenue and North Parkway Drive. The 15-acre cleanup site was first developed with a 1.5-story machine shop and forge and was expanded in the 20th century to include a gray iron foundry, a ductile iron foundry, a rail yard, a cannery, a milk condensing plant, a weighbridge and a weighbridge. and an electrical substation. At its peak in the late 20th century, Brillion Iron Works employed more than 1,000 people and produced up to 1,000 tons of iron per day. The foundry closed in 2016. The site is contaminated with heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds and PCBs. Grant funds will also be used to develop a community engagement plan and implement community engagement activities.

The other three projects are:

Milwaukee

$3,500,000 to expand the capacity of the City of Milwaukee Brownfield RLF to provide funding for increased cleanups in underserved areas in the City of Milwaukee. The RLF program has successfully provided loans or subgrants, resulting in 17 cleanup projects completed or in progress. Potential projects highlighted for use of this funding include the 1st & National and Compass Lofts projects in Milwaukee.

Price County United Limited

$1,677,894 to clean up the former Lionite Mill property at 115 Depot Road in the Town of Phillips. The 26.2-acre cleanup site’s use as a wood products manufacturing facility dates back to 1883 and operations continued until 2015. The site is now vacant and fenced. The site is contaminated with hazardous substances, including heavy metals and inorganic contaminants. Grant funds will also be used to conduct community engagement activities.

West Allis

$1,000,000 to expand the capacity of the City of West Allis Brownfield RLF to provide funding for increased cleanups in underserved areas in the City of West Allis. The RLF program has successfully provided loans or subgrants that have resulted in five cleanup projects completed or in progress. Potential projects highlighted for use of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding include the Longfellow School redevelopment and the SONA Lot 4 project in West Allis.