City of Tallahassee receives EPA grant to tackle pollution issues on the Southside

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Max Epstein is a member of the Wakulla Basin Advocacy Group.

Protecting the environment is a big deal to him.

He says over the years, Tallahassee’s Southside has been polluted.

“If you look at how the Southside was developed because of Jim Crow and the red lining neighborhoods you’ve got waste water treatment plants right next to residential neighborhoods,” Epstein said.

Now, the city is looking at ways to clean up some property for future development.

“We just want to make sure wherever the projects are planned for that contamination is cleared up,” said Curtis Richardson, the city’s Tallahassee mayor pro tem.

The city of Tallahassee received a $ 500,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The plan is to clean up areas where pollution in the ground is holding back re-development.

Those sites are called Brownfield Areas.

Richardson told ABC 27 that includes, “Areas that are either business or residential that have been contaminated with dry cleaning fluids, gasoline, other types of contamination.”

He says the Orange Avenue Park Development and South City Foundation Learning Center will benefit from the EPA money.

For people like Bruce Bruce, that problem should be used to build equity across the city.

“That should be at the center of the city’s focus to make sure they center on equity or else it should not have the necessary impact on improving things on the Southside,” said Strouble, a senior manager of Equitable Climate Resilience Projects at Groundwork. USA.

One of many project leaders is introducing the move to the Southside forward.

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