Truckee seeks grant to study pollution |

Truckee seeks grant to study pollution

Truckee is applying for an Environmental Protection Agency grant of between $200,00 and $300,000 to assess environmentally damaged sites in town.

The Brownfields Grant – so named because it’s used to clean up contaminated sites known as “brownfields” – would fund studies of environmental damage to the former Nevada County Corporation Yard on West River Street. The yard, currently owned by Nevada County, is being transferred to the Town of Truckee, said Alex Terrazas, assistant to Town Manager Steve Wright.

The site is contaminated by a leach field, an area of land used to dump oil and other chemicals, and soil piles that need to be removed. It is also unclear what type of contamination may be found underground when an assessment crew begins to dig.

“The county removed a portion of the leach field, and there is still a portion that needs to be assessed,” Terrazas said.

Administrative Secretary Janet Mitchell said the town originally planned to apply for a cleanup grant but realized it needed to assess the damage first to know how to adequately decontaminate the site.

The assessment grant is also less competitive, Mitchell said, giving the town a greater chance of being awarded the money and more freedom in its application.

Officials are still writing the grant, and it is unclear whether the town will ask for the $200,000 maximum, or request a waiver and apply for up to $300,000.

Applying for an assessment grant will also allow the town to use the money to study sites other than the Nevada County Corporation Yard.

Truckee officials will submit the grant by Dec. 4, and will know if they have been awarded the money by February or March.

If Truckee receives the grant, an environmental cleanup firm would be hired for the study.

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