Money For Brownfield Cleanup In So. CA

The city of Ventura, CA is aiming for a share of the $250 million in federal cleanup funds for former industrial sites.
January 24, 2002, 6am PST | Gwen Hilburn
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There will be stiff competition for the money --there are 67,000 brownfield sites in California alone. But Ventura has a blighted area on the west end of the city. It is a 3-mile stretch of oil and chemical manufacturing sites. Current landowners are reluctant to come forward and have their land tested. They fear that if it is found that the land is contaminated, they will have to pay for the cleanup or suffer law suits. The city council hopes that eventually the blighted area will be a mixed-use development. With Santa Barbara housing costs so high, there is a niche for Ventura.

Thanks to Gwenn Hilburn

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Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 in The Los Angeles Times
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