Budzinski, EPA Announce More than $787,000 for Moving Pillsbury Forward    

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to announce that Springfield’s Moving Pillsbury Forward project has been selected to receive a $787,135 grant funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The grant will be used to fund cleanup efforts necessary for revitalizing the site. 

“The work being done to redevelop the old Pillsbury Mills site will be transformative for our community — particularly for families on the east side of Springfield,” said Congresswoman Budzinski.“I’m thrilled to see more than $787,000 in federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency as we continue to address the economic and environmental challenges that remain at this site. I look forward to being a strong partner to the folks at Moving Pillsbury Forward, including pushing to secure federal community project funding as we work to revitalize this dangerous site into an economic engine for our community.”

The 18-acre Pillsbury site housed numerous grain silos and structures used for grain milling, manufacturing, warehousing and offices. The area surrounding the site consists of a large rail yard to the north and east and residential properties to the south and west. Since closing in 2001, the site fell into disrepair and remains contaminated with heavy metals and inorganic compounds. The grant will also support community involvement activities.

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