EPA grants $600,000 for Ky. brownfields cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it is granting $600,000 to Kentucky organizations to clean up former industrial and commercial sites, commonly called brownfields.

The agency said $200,000, coming from federal stimulus funds, will go to efforts in Georgetown to clean up a former Empire Pencil factory site.

Another $400,000 will be given from the EPA's brownfields general program fund to two other organizations.

Community Ventures in Lexington will receive $200,000 to clean up a site at 265 Midland Avenue. Also, the Cumberland Valley Area Development District will receive $200,000 for a community-wide assessment.