WASHINGTON D.C. (NMB) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that Bear Paw Development is receiving $2.15 million to advance environmental cleanups.
Bear Paw Development plans to use the supplemental funds to continue to provide cleanup loans and grants throughout their coverage area, which includes Hill, Blaine, Chouteau, Phillips, and Liberty Counties and the Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap Reservations.
This includes an upcoming project to assist in the expansion of Bullhook Community Center by cleaning up several properties.
Funds will be used to clean up petroleum contamination in Chinook and Chester. The cleanup in Chinook will allow a coffee shop and restaurant to open up, while in Chester, a site that was formerly a car dealership and fueling station will be utilized by a local agricultural grain merchandiser.
The Fort Belknap Indian Community is receiving a $500,000 grant to cleanup several sites, including the former Lodgepole Elementary School, the former water treatment plant, the Old Agency Dump, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
In addition, Snowy Mountain Development Corporation in Lewistown is receiving $3.9 million. These funds will be utilized throughout central Montana, including in and around Lewistown.
The funds come from the EPA’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Coalition grant program.