On the Radio: EPA grants for brownfield cleanup


Example of a brownfield – Photo by Engineering at Cambridge; Flickr

 

This week’s On the Radio segment reports on EPA grants received by a few cities in Iowa. Read the transcript below, or listen to the audio here.

Five Iowa cities are cleaning up pollution thanks to an EPA Grant.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The cities of Coralville, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, and Ottumwa have all received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Cleanup Grants program.

The grant will clean up contaminated properties in economically-depressed neighborhoods and put them back to use. This creates jobs and improves the environment.

For more information about the EPA grant, visit Iowaenvironmentalfocus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

On The Radio: Living With Floods


Iowa Memorial Union
Iowa Memorial Union

Read this week’s radio transcript below, or listen to the audio here. This week draws focus to the upcoming Living With Floods events.

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Five Cities in Iowa Receive EPA Grant


Dubuque, Iowa. JGKPhotos; Flickr

 

Coralville, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, and Ottumwa have all received monetary funds  from the EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grants program.

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MidAmerican Energy will reduce emissions at Iowa plants


MidAmerican's Council Bluffs facility. Photo by nixter, Flickr.
MidAmerican’s Council Bluffs facility. Photo by nixter, Flickr.

Following a complaint from the Sierra Club, MidAmerican Energy Co. has agreed to reduce emissions at three of their Iowa-based power plants.

The Sierra Club threatened to sue MidAmerican this past summer for releasing more pollutants than permitted at their plants in Sergeant Bluff, Bettendorf and Council Bluffs.

To avoid the lawsuit, MidAmerican agreed to stop burning coal in two boilers at both the Council Bluffs and Sergeant Bluff facilities by April 2016. They will also convert three coal-fired boilers in Bettendorf to natural gas.

Read more here.