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Grayson College gets grant for west campus cleanup

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Grayson College will use an EPA grant to address asbestos and lead contamination in buildings at its west extension campus at North Texas Regional Airport. (KTEN) Grayson College will use an EPA grant to address asbestos and lead contamination in buildings at its west extension campus at North Texas Regional Airport. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Grayson College has been awarded an Environmental Protection Agency grant to address an asbestos and lead contamination problem in several buildings on their west extension campus at North Texas Regional Airport.

The school is getting $787,500 to complete the work on structures that were part of an Air Force training complex when the airport was a military base.

"The grant they received was a multi-use grant which does both assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties or properties that are assumed to be contaminated," said Ronnie Crossland from the EPA's Region 6 office in Dallas.

This grant was awarded to only a handful of organizations, and it's the first year that it's been offered.

"It was a very competitive process," Crossland said. "Only 13 were awarded across the country, and we are excited about the fact that Grayson College was one of them."

The grant will take in effect in October, and will be available for up to five years

"There are two phases to the grant; one is an assessment -- and that's where we'll get deeper into determining what we will do at this phase and really understanding what's possible," Grayson College President Dr. Jeremy McMillen explained. "The second phase is remediating any contamination that we find, and then starting to build out additional plans with local investment."

The future of the property remains unknown until the cleanup is complete.

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