Cook County, IL
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.
$446,086 for hazardous substances
$153,914 for petroleum
EPA has selected Cook County for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct 42 Phase I and 20 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to inventory and prioritize sites, support community involvement activities, and conduct cleanup planning. Coalition partners are the Chicago's western suburbs of Bellwood, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and Schiller Park.
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 5 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/region5brownfields/)
Grant Recipient: Cook County, Illinois
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.