Communities in 44 states will share brownfields grants totaling more than $75 million from the EPA. The grants are designed to help turn former industrial and commercial sites into viable properties.

“The brownfields program puts both property and people back to work,” said EPA administrator Steve Johnson. “These grants will help communities across America convert eyesores into engines of economic rebirth.”

Since the program's inception in 1995, it has awarded 709 assessment grants totaling more than $190 million, 189 revolving loan fund grants worth more than $165 million, and $26.8 million for 150 cleanup grants.

For more information on the grant recipients, or the brownfields program, visit www.epa.gov.