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 the City of Newark for two brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the Royal Recovery site at 43-57 Clifton Street. The half-acre site was formerly used for a variety of activities, including waterproofing, wool processing, and precious metals recovery. The site is contaminated with mercury, cadmium, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Grant funds also will be used to remove two underground storage tanks and conduct community engagement activities. Petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up the former Lionetti Oil site at 123-131 Riverside Avenue. The site was used for industrial purposes starting in the 1940s, and later operated as a heating fuel oil transfer station until 1993. It is contaminated with total petroleum hydrocarbons and semi-volatile organic compounds. Grant funds also will be used to remove 10 aboveground storage tanks and conduct community engagement 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 2 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 2 Brownfields Web site (http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-2)
Grant Recipient: City of Newark, New Jersey
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.