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GH applies for grant to remove diesel tanks near ski area

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Haven city leaders are trying to get federal dollars to help clean up a potentially contaminated site near a popular ski area.

The city is applying for a one million dollar brownfield grant from the EPA, which would then be used as a loan for at least six local projects.

One of the projects would demolish and remove diesel tanks at the Mulligan's Hollow Ski area. The tanks were used for an old electric generator but are now empty and no longer operating. City leaders say there is no threat to the public, because they say any contaminated materials would be underground and contained in a specific area.

"Chances are that way back in the day when they used to fill these tanks they might have been a little less careful then we would be today, so we think we might find some product in the sand that we might have to remove and if that's the case we would be able to use this revolving loan fund to get things cleaned up and get these tanks out of here," says Pat McGinnis, Grand Haven City Manager.

The city hopes to build a basketball court and extend the parking lot once the area is cleaned up. Grand Haven was denied the Brownfield Grant last year, because city leaders say many of the federal dollars went to Hurricane Sandy clean up.