- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Hernando has become the first jurisdiction in north Mississippi to sign up for a state “brownfields” program to entice private-sector developers to clean up and reuse contaminated sites.

The Hernando Board of Aldermen recently voted to designate two former Reliable Equipment parcels along U.S. 51 north of the town square as eligible for the Mississippi Redevelopment Act.

Mayor Chip Johnson and other city leaders say it’s the next step in a process to return contaminated, inactive properties to productive business use.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1JzeduP ) that the parcels were found to be contaminated by consultants working under a $400,000 brownfields assessment grant to the city from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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