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County awarded grant

Stearns was one of only two Kentucky communities to be awarded an Environmental Protection Agency grant designed to identify and redevelop vacant and unused properties of environmental hazards, making them potentially productive again.
The $300,000 grant was awarded to the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, with a specific target area of Stearns and Monticello. The funds will be used in the LCADD’s community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum program to identify sites, update a brownfields inventory and support community outreach programs.
According to the EPA brownfields are properties that have been abandoned or underutilized due to real or perceived environmental contamination. Such sites could include old factories, closed service stations and mine-scarred lands.
“Brownfields offer an opportunity for communities to reimagine properties that have been left behind as times and economies have changed,” said Amanda LeFevre, Kentucky’s Director of the Division for Compliance Assistance. “these grants help remove some of the initial barriers to redevelopment and aid in leveraging private and public resources to move projects ahead.”
McCreary County Judge Executive Doug Stephens said the grant will be used to identify vacant and unused properties in the area that can be cleaned up or redeveloped to enhance the local area and economy. Once targeted, additional grant funds are available to clean up those sites, making them commercially viable for development.

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