EPA Brownfields Program
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is 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. On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, and create or save millions of jobs. This law provided stimulus funds to the Brownfields Program to award grants to evaluate and clean up former industrial and commercial sites. Under this law, EPA will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants.
$200,000 for hazardous substances (Recovery Act Funding)
EPA has selected the Town of Pulaski for a brownfields assessment grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to inventory brownfield sites and conduct eight Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments in the Historic Downtown Commercial District and the Pulaski South Historical Residential and Industrial District. Grant funds also will be used to conduct cleanup planning and support community involvement activities.
The Town of Pulaski was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant. The county seat of Pulaski County, the Town of Pulaski (population 9,473) is located in the scenic New River Valley in southwestern Virginia. Pulaski was a late 19th century manufacturing center noted for heavy industry and manufacturing, primarily textiles and furniture. As employers faced pressures from competition, these industries closed, consolidated, or moved. The town was left with about a dozen abandoned and deteriorated sites that total almost 60 acres. Stormwater from these sites poses threats to Peak Creek, a tributary of the New River that flows through town. While the population of the Valley region has increased, the town's population has declined. Over the last decade, 2,400 jobs were lost. Most recently, an additional 1,000 jobs were cut at the area's largest employer. The county unemployment rate is twice the state rate. Brownfield assessments are expected to help identify sites that are viable properties for recreation or greenspace, and help determine ways to support their reuse as commercial or residential properties.
For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 3 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 3 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/bf-lr)
Grant Recipient: Town of Pulaski, VA
The information presented in this fact sheet comes from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. The cooperative agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.