NEW YORK CITY-The Bloomberg administration on Monday launched a program to award grants intended to help offset the costs of studying and beginning to clean up brownfield sites. It will make more than $9 million in small grants available to community-based organizations over the next several years, the administration says.

Known as the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation’s Brownfield Incentive Grant program, the initiative is said to be the first in a series of new programs targeted at environmentally contaminated sites. Each of those programs “will help landowners and developers clean up contaminated properties and bring them back into productive use,” Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith said in a speech before the New York City Brownfield Partnership.

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