New Bedford is receiving $400,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to further study brownfield sites in the city.

Michele Paul, director of the city's Office of Environmental Stewardship, says the funding allows her department to assess those contaminated properties, and share the results with the public and potential investors. "The information can sometimes spurs them to come in and make an investment in one of these properties, or at least to know whether its feasible for them to do the cleanup," said Paul.

The EPA on Friday awarded over $10 million to communities in all six New England states to perform assessments on brownfield sites as well.