ST. LOUIS (AP) –  The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s awarding $400,000 to a St. Louis agency that will assess and plan cleanups of hazardous wastes and petroleum at area sites.

The regional EPA office in Kansas City, Kan., said in a release that the St. Louis Development Corporation is getting the grant from EPA’s Brownfields Assessment program.

Brownfields are properties where expansion or redevelopment can be complicated by pollution.

The St. Louis agency is using half the money to conduct assessments on several properties potentially polluted with hazardous substances.

The other $200,000 will be used to assess petroleum pollution at other sites.

The money will also go toward planning for the cleanups and informing the communities about the sites.

The EPA did not name the specific sites where the money would be used.

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