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Confederated Tribe of the Colville Reservation, Washington

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Contaminated "brownfields" are the target of $1.8 million in grants announced by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Grants go the Colville of northcentral Washington, Kitsap County, the city of Tacoma and the state Department of Community Trade and Economic Development. Brownfields are mostly abandoned and former industrial properties that are polluted, but not severely enough to qualify for the EPA Superfund list. The Colville will receive $200,000 to clean up former BIA and Indian Health Service sites on the reservation, both with unspecified contamination. The trade department will receive $1.2 million for a revolving loan fund for locally organized redevelopment projects. Two-thirds of the money will go to projects in the Seattle-Tacoma area, and the rest will be available for projects elsewhere in Washington which "have landfills, (former) industrial property, fish and food processors and mill sites that need to be returned to productive use." Tacoma will receive $200,000 to recruit and train 45 low-income area students to be environmental technicians and work on redevelopment projects in the industrial Nalley Valley. Kitsap County, hurt by military cutbacks in recent years, will receive $200,000 for redevelopment and another $50,000 in "greenspace" funding to develop a trail along ferry dock sites associated with the area's old "Mosquito Fleet" of small, privately owned ferries.

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