- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Jackson County is getting a $1 million loan to help address brownfield conditions as part of a project to build a new runway at its airport.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on Friday announced the funding for the Jackson County Airport, also known as Reynolds Field.

The state says the airport’s 5,350-foot-long primary runway needs to be realigned to incorporate larger safety zones to meet new Federal Aviation Administration standards. The realignment means cleanup is needed at a former landfill that is contaminated.

The brownfield funding will pay for the disposal of contaminated waste materials and removal of water from the landfill site.

Jackson County Airport is a regional transportation and shipping hub. The runway’s realignment also will make 70 acres of land along Interstate 94 available for development.

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