Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, Pawtucket, RI
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
EPA has selected the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program for a brownfields cleanup grant. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the former Laurel Hill Playground at 370 Lonsdale Avenue, Pawtucket. The site was the location of an elementary school for almost 100 years until its demolition in 1970. It was then used as a playground but has been vacant for 10 years. The subsurface is contaminated with heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from the use of undocumented fill materials. Grant funds also will be used for community outreach activities.
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 1 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 1 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/region1/brownfields)
Grant Recipient: Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, RI
401-723-4520 ext 264
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.