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The 54 supplementary grants will be made to communities that have already received initial pilot grants and have demonstrated commitment to brownfield remediation.

The announcement comes a week after US presidential candidate, George W. Bush, outlined a plan to encourage state and local authorities to redevelop brownfield sites (see related story).

In the past seven years, the Clinton administration has awarded more than 300 EPA Brownfields Grants throughout the US totalling $69 million.

The brownfields redevelopment grants provide communities with start-up funds to assess and inventory brownfield sites and to leverage funding for redeveloping those properties.

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