The Stark County Regional Planning Commission will seek a $600,000 grant to perform a community-wide assessment of brownfield sites.

The RPC is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution in support of a grant application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is offering an estimated $63.2 million for such work nationwide.

A brownfield site, according to the EPA, is: "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."

That includes property contaminated by petroleum or controlled substances and mine-scarred lands.

Typically, brownfields are found within old industrial sections of cities. Often, they contain abandoned factories or include vacant land that's idle because of contaminants produced by a previous business.

The assessment grant would provide funds to inventory, assess, conduct planning for cleanup and community involvement on brownfield sites. The deadline to apply for the three-year grant is Jan. 22.

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