MADISON (WKOW) -- The City of Madison will receive federal funding for cleanup of the former Occupy Madison site.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the city $800,000 for assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of the 800 block of East Washington Avenue.
Mayor Paul Soglin's office says Madison received the grant to cleanup "environmental remediation of soil contaminated by historic fill and leaky underground storage tanks."
The mayor's office says the problems have been there for years, and were not caused by Occupy Madison.
Residents of Occupy Madison moved out May 1.
Mayor Paul Soglin said at the time the property would be treated as a hazardous waste site because of needles and human waste.
The grants awarded to Madison are part of $4.2 million in grants given to Wisconsin communities by the EPA.
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