Cherokee Nation

Posted: May 23, 2024 3:08 PMUpdated: May 23, 2024 3:09 PM

Cherokee Nation Awarded $1.3M EPA Grant for Clean Up of Sites

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Nathan Thompson
The Cherokee Nation has been awarded more than $1.3 million from the federal Environmental Protection Agency for assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites, including locations in Bartlesville and Skiatook.
The EPA says Cherokee Nation was selected for a Brownfields Community-wide Assessment Grant to conduct 25 Phase I and 10 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to prepare three cleanup plans and one reuse plan and to support community engagement activities.
Priority sites include open fields with vegetation in Skiatook, a 2.4-acre developed site with several structures in Bartlesville, the historic Citizen's Bank building and former jail in Marble City and a 15-acre undeveloped site near a former cold storage plant in Stilwell.
EPA’s Brownfields Program began in 1995 and has provided nearly $2.7 billion in Brownfield Grants to assess and clean up contaminated properties and return blighted properties to productive reuse.

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