British Columbia's Brownfield Renewal Strategy allocates C$72,650 for use at former Kispiox Forest Products sawmill; program's goal is to turn sites back to productive use

SMITHERS, British Columbia , August 12, 2009 () – The Gitxsan Forest Enterprises Inc./ Gitxsan Treaty Society received $72,650 from the Brownfield Renewal Strategy program last week to use at the South Hazelton Sawmill, formerly known as Kispiox Forest Products.

In April of this year the Province announced the Brownfield Renewal Strategy and Agriculture and Lands Minister Steve Thomson announced that the Province is providing $1.06 million in funding for 12 brownfield sites to support environmental investigations last week.

“The goal is for this funding to support the initial environmental work necessary to return these sites back into productive use,” he said. “The program acts as an important catalyst for local economic growth, because for every dollar of government funding we put into these investigations, two dollars are invested by the successful applicants.”

Brownfields are defined as abandoned, commercial and industrial properties where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived contamination.

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