Cash for cleanups

City officials are crossing their fingers that they'll get big bucks for environmental cleanup.
Alex Doty
Nov 17, 2012


The city is eligible for grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a revolving loan fund of up to $1 million. It would be used to finance environmental cleanup throughout the city. The grants could be used for public projects and to provide low- or zero-interest loans for private projects.

“It is a very competitive process,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

The city applied for the project this week, and the winners will be notified in the spring.

City officials said they’d primarily like to use the grant to work with the Board of Light & Power to demolish the two fuel tanks in Mulligan’s Hollow. The grant would likely allow the city to demolish the structures and clean up the site.

The city could also use the money in other places. Harbor Island, industrial parks and the Downtown Development Authority district are all considered eligible for projects.

“It’s post-industrial waterfront redevelopment,” McGinnis said. “It’s time to do something different.”

Brownfield grants are primarily aimed at tackling environmental contamination.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.





Municipalities are always looking for a government handout (entitlement) to clean up their own messes. The government didn't make the decision to put tanks there that might leak, or a dump and tanks on Harbor Island, or put industries that pollute our ground and contaminate our groundwater in place. Why should the government have to pay to clean that crap up? Make the businesses that contaminated the ground clean up their own messes, paid for with their profits. That would be THE CITY that owns the tanks and the land they are on, and they should pay for it themselves. Amazing how cities now hire someone just to apply for 'grants'...

Tri-cities realist

Agreed, the federal govt can't afford any more spending (but I'm sure some will say, since the grant funding was approved, that if GH doesn't apply for it, it will go somewhere else. This is true, so I guess we might as well try to return some of that money here... The real solution is for Congress to stop funding these grants.)


I too agree 43 and TCR. Make the polluter pay for clean up. Problem is we the sheeple get stuff from the gubment! Our politicians get and give stuff so we give them our vote. The stuff we get becomes the the political weapons of the politcian. If one tries to be responsible and cut or take away, the other attacks him or her and turns responsible behavior into a negative.

So yep, another conversation turned political because that's were the root cause is. So to really turn the conversation, the company didn't build that, the government did, therefore the business couldn't have really containment that site and......slope is getting steeper isn't it!!


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