Hundreds of abandoned properties compromised by hazardous waste or contamination are considered brownfields in the area including 68 properties in downtown St. Joseph.
Mo-Kan will partner with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' (MDNR) Brownfield Voluntary Cleanup Programs to identify and assess sites for cleanup.
Part of the grant money will also allow Mo-Kan to help pay for special training for 40 local residents who will be placed into environmental jobs.
"Through the good work of Mo-Kan, its staff and its partner agencies, these funds will have direct, profound and positive impact on communities in and around the Midland Empire," EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said. "Brownfields properties will be cleaned up and returned to productive use, and local residents will get job training and placement assistance in meaningful, sustainable environmental career positions."