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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. The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018, was passed to help states and communities around the country clean up 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.

Cleanup Grants

$400,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Newark for two brownfields cleanup grants. Petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up the former Berkowitz site at 38-42 Bay Avenue. The one-acre site is an inactive industrial complex developed before 1931; historic site operations included petroleum bulk storage and chemical storage. The site has been largely vacant since 2007, aside from limited vehicle parking. The site contains 12 underground and aboveground storage tanks and is contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. Grant funds also will be used to remove tanks and dispose of sludge. Petroleum grant funds also will be used to clean up the former Allen's Amoco site located at 861-869 Clinton Avenue. The 0.3-acre site operated as a gasoline filling/service station from around 1937 to 1991, when the structure was razed and the site was abandoned. It has been vacant since then, contains six underground storage tanks, and is contaminated with petroleum. Grant funds also will be used to implement institutional controls, and support community engagement activities for both sites.


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 (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-new-jersey-new-york-puerto-rico-and-us-virgin)

Grant Recipient: City of Newark, NJ

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.

April 2018
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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