- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is giving two communities in North Dakota $800,000 for the cleanup of brownfield sites.

The EPA announced the funding for Fort Yates and Fargo Friday. Each community will receive $400,000.

Brownfields are former sites of industrial or commercial land where redevelopment is impeded by pollution or the possibility of pollution.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is expected to use the money for cleanup activities at the old Bureau of Indian Affairs Elementary School and the old Sitting Bull College. The EPA says the funds will help the tribe clean up asbestos and mold contamination and make the buildings safe for use.

Officials in Fargo will use the money to conduct environmental assessments and identify cleanup needs at several properties that have been targeted for potential redevelopment.

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