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Dubois gets grant to clean up sawmill

May 27, 2012 - Staff

The Town of Dubois is receiving a $200,000 U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency grant to clean the Dubois Sawmill site on Absaroka Drive.

The agency on May 24 announced the Brownfields grant for the site contaminated with benzene, diesel range organics, and other petroleum hydrocarbons.

The award to Dubois is part of $69.3 million in EPA Brownfields grants provided to 245 communities across the nation to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, protect public health and create jobs.

The Dubois Sawmill site originally served as a railroad tie production facility and operated as an industrial sawmill from the 1950s until 1988.

At various times the facility housed a refuse burner, mechanic shop, landfill, power station, and several logging trucks and equipment.

EPA's grant funds will help clean up the property so it can be reused.

"These grants will be the first step in getting pollution out and putting jobs back into neighborhoods across the country," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said in a press release.

"Clean, healthy communities are places where people want to live, work and start businesses. We're providing targeted resources to help local partners transform blighted, contaminated areas into centers of economic growth," Jackson said.

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