Pulaski County, AR
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.
$200,000 for hazardous substances
$200,000 for petroleum
EPA has selected Pulaski County for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct seven to 10 Phase I and two to five Phase II environmental site assessments. Petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct five Phase I and two to five Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to conduct cleanup planning and community outreach activities.
Pulaski County was selected to receive two brownfields assessment grants. Located in the geographic center of Arkansas, Pulaski County (population 381,904) is comprised of eight municipalities, two Air Force bases, and 600 square miles of unincorporated land. The majority of brownfields in Pulaski County are concentrated on both sides of the Arkansas River in an industrial, economically distressed area that is home to a high percentage of minority residents. The county intends to focus its assessment activities on brownfields that are located in the 17.2-square-mile Pulaski Empowerment Zone (EZ) in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Within the EZ, 79 percent of residents are African-American, and the unemployment rate is nearly 17 percent. More than 37 percent of EZ residents live below the poverty level. Assessment of brownfields in the EZ will help identify potential threats to human health and the environment in some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Pulaski County.
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 6 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 6 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/region6/brownfields)
Grant Recipient: Pulaski County, AR
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.