Rockford- Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) helped announce that the City of Rockford was chosen to receive $175,000 to clean up a brownfield site. The grant, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be used to remove asbestos and lead-based paint from the original Rockford Walgreens building, at 134 Main Street. Previous EPA brownfields grants have resulted in the investigation and cleanup of dozens of Rockford properties and contributed to substantial investment in the city, including a $24 million indoor recreation center.
“Reducing lead exposure is essential in ensuring hardworking men and women have a safe and healthy community to plant their roots and prosper in,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “I’m proud to help announce that Rockford will receive $175,000 in EPA funding to remove asbestos and lead-based paint from the original Rockford Walgreens. These funds will not only help clean up a small piece of Rockford, but also create new economic development opportunities by investing in the long term health of our community.”