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Sheridan Receives EPA Grant

The city of Sheridan has received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the north end of its downtown.  The money will pay to assess several contaminated sites including an abandoned rail yard, sawmill and fuel storage areas that many see as slowing economic growth. 

John Hynamen is the project manager for the North Main Association that applied for the grant.  He says they have plans for the area. "There's going to be a new school going into that part of town.  It'll be an upgraded and highly designed interchange that we hope is going to be one of the most attractive entrances to a town in the state."

The EPA's Brownfield Fund will distribute over $60 million to communities around the country to clean up and re-develop industrial sites. Sheridan was one of 171 communities to receive the grant. 

Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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