Creighton University Receives $200,000 EPA Cleanup Grant
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Creighton University a $200,000 Brownfields Program grant to clean up heavy-metal contamination at the site of the former Moreco Plating Company, 1608 Webster St.
Representatives from EPA’s regional, Kansas City office delivered a check to Creighton University during a ceremony on Thursday, May 17, in the Moreco building parking lot. Regional director John B. Askew toured the building prior to the ceremony.
The Brownfields Program gives states, communities and others a chance to work together to identify, clean up, and safely reuse “brownfields,” properties that may have hazardous substances, pollutants or other contaminants on site.
The Moreco building is located on the eastern edge of Creighton’s campus in an economically distressed area of north downtown Omaha. Soil and groundwater contamination at the site pose a health risk to area residents.
EPA officials said that the site’s cleanup will reduce threats to human health and the environment while allowing Creighton to continue its campus expansion. The cleanup and reuse of the site will also create temporary jobs and serve as a catalyst for long-term job growth by contributing to the creation of a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented district.