Missoula County plans on applying for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant.  The grant, known as the Brownsfields Multi-Purpose Pilot Grant is meant only for "community based organizations" and requires those organizations to conduct community notification before submitting a request. According to the E.P.A.'s frequently asked questions site, which you can read here, only one project per region will receive the grant and a total of $550,000 is possible for cleaning up the chosen site.  The Missoula County request would be used to help clean up asbestos at the Missoula County Courthouse.

A draft of the application is available for public review at the Missoula Office of Planning and Grants, 435 Ryman, Missoula, Montana, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. An electronic copy can be received by contacting John Adams, Missoula Office of Planning & Grants, 406-258-3688 or jadams@co.missoula.mt.us. All public comments on the application will be considered prior to submittal. To be considered, comments regarding the application for funding must be received by 4:30 p.m. February 9, 2012, at:

John Adams

Missoula Office of Planning & Grants

435 Ryman

Missoula, MT 59802

Comments may also be provided at the County Commissioners’ public meeting on Wednesday, February 8th at 1:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Courthouse Annex.