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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. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.

Job Training Grant

$199,890

EPA has selected Harrisburg Area Community College for a job training grant. Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) plans to train 51 students, place 43 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for one year. The training program will consist of four eight-week, 320-hour training cycles. Trainees will receive certifications in 40-hour HAZWOPER, confined space entrant/attendant and supervisor, lead-based paint inspector, and asbestos inspector. Additional training in environmental site assessment, air and water quality, and environmental remediation techniques will be offered. HACC will serve as the primary trainer. Students will be recruited from among unemployed, underemployed, and displaced workers and low-income and minority residents. To place graduates in environmental jobs, HACC will work with the Green Center of Central Pennsylvania, a public-private partnership between HACC and several private sector partners.

Community Description

Harrisburg Area Community College was selected to receive a job training grant. Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) is a nonprofit community college with five campuses and additional training centers in south-central Pennsylvania. HACC will focus its recruitment efforts on residents of the City of Harrisburg and Borough of Steelton (combined populations 52,746) during the first year of the grant, and Lancaster County (population 502,370) during the second year. All three communities have experienced the negative environmental and economic impacts of declining industries. Poverty rates are as high as 28.4 percent in Harrisburg, where 66.5 percent of residents are minorities. In Steelton, 37.9 percent of residents are minorities. There are nearly 70 brownfields in Harrisburg, more than 50 brownfields in Steelton, and 180 brownfields in Lancaster County. HACC recently held a public meeting that revealed a clear need for environmental technicians, and has identified industry partners who are eager to assist the program. The state's projected annual job growth rate for environmental technicians is 13 percent, indicating a strong demand for qualified program graduates.

Contacts

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
(215) 814-3129
EPA Region 3 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/bf-lr)

Grant Recipient: Harrisburg Area Community College, PA
(717) 780-1142

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.


 
EPA 560-F-10-247
April 2010
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)

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