Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Cooperative Agreements

Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The objectives of the brownfield assessment, revolving loan fund and cleanup cooperative agreements

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(project grants) are to provide funding: (1) to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites; (2) to capitalize a revolving loan fund (RLF) and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites; and (3) to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites that are owned by the grant recipient.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: By statute, 25 percent of the funding for this program must be used for characterization, assessment, and cleanup of Brownfields sites contaminated by petroleum or petroleum products.

The Agency must also give preference to statutory ranking criteria found at CERCLA 104(k)(5)(C) (see CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS) when evaluating applications for funding.
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Examples of Funded Projects

This competitive grant program provides funding for three different kinds of grants: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, and cleanup grants.

Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct cleanup and redevelopment planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites.

Revolving Loan Fund grants provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.

Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.

Below are some examples of projects that were selected for funding in the past: In Fiscal Year 2004, EPA provided a brownfields assessment grant totalling $200,000 in hazardous substances funding.

Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to assess mine-scarred properties in 4,000 acres of a watershed, in order to prioritize properties for public acquisition and cleanup.

Funds will be used for Phase I site assessments, Phase II site assessments on three to five high-priority sites, community outreach, environmental liability analysis, and GIS mapping.

One significant mine will be assessed for possible acquisition, cleanup, and reuse as a historic mining museum and visitor center.

In Fiscal Year 2004, EPA provided a brownfields assessment grant totalling $200,000 in petroleum funding.

Petroleum grant funds will be used to identify and assess petroleum-contaminated sites and underground storage tanks.

Grant funds will also be used to perform approximately four Phase I assessments and to develop redevelopment plans.

In Fiscal Year 2003, EPA provided a brownfields revolving loan fund grant, which included $700,000 in hazardous substances funding and $300,000 in petroleum funding.

The grant will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the recipient will provide loans and subgrants to conduct cleanup activities.

The recipient's jurisdiction contains over 3,600 brownfields.

They will use a community-based process to select sites.

Sites throughout the county contaminated by hazardous substances and petroleum will be considered.

In Fiscal Year 2004, EPA selected an Indian Community for a brownfields cleanup grant totalling $200,000 in petroleum funding.

The grant will be used to clean up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks.

Plans for site redevelopment include a Diabetes Education and Resource Center.

In Fiscal Year 2004, EPA provided a brownfields assessment grant totalling $200,000 in hazardous substances funding.

Grant funds will be used to complete an assessment of hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum contamination at a 39-acre sawmill adjacent to the recipient city's central business district.

Funds also will be used for community involvement and development of a cleanup plan.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - Regional Brownfields Coordinators: EPA Region 1,New England, Diane Kelley, One Congress Street (HBT), Boston, MA 02114-2023, Phone: (617) 918-1424, Fax (617) 918-1291, Kelley.Diane@epa.gov; EPA Region 2, Ramon Torres, 290 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 637-4309, Fax: (212) 637-4360, torres.ramon@epa.gov; EPA Region 3, Tom Stolle, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103, Phone: (215) 814-3129, Fax: (215) 814-5518, stolle.tom@epa.gov; EPA Region 4, Mike Norman, Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, Waste Management Division, Brownfields/State Support Section, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: (404) 562- 8792, Fax: (404) 562-8628, norman.michael@epa.gov; EPA Region 5, Deborah Orr, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604-3507, Phone: (312) 886-7576, Fax: (312) 886-7190,orr.deborah@epa.gov; EPA Region 6, Monica Chapa Smith, First Interstate Bank Tower at Fountain Place, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200 (6SF-PB, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733, Phone: (214) 665-6780, Fax: (214) 665-6660, smith.monica@epa.gov; EPA Region 7, Susan Klein, 901 N.

5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66101, Phone: (913) 551-7786, Fax: (913) 551-8688, klein.susan@epa.gov; EPA Region 8, Dan Heffernan, 1595 Wynkoop Street (EPR-B), Denver, Colorado 80202-1129, Phone: (303) 312-7074, Fax: (303) 312-6067, heffernan.daniel@epa.gov; EPA Region 9, Debbie Schechter, 75 Hawthorne Street, SFD 1-1, San Francisco, California 94105, Phone: (415) 972-3093, Fax: (415) 947-3520, schechter.debbie@epa.gov; EPA Region 10, Susan Morales, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101, Phone: (206) 553-7299, Fax: (206) 553-0124, morales.susan@epa.gov.

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