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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. On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields 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.

Assessment Grant

$200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Fort Wayne for a brownfields assessment grant. Petroleum grant funds will be used for community outreach, site inventory and prioritization, and conducting up to 15 Phase I environmental site assessments on selected sites.

Community Description

The City of Fort Wayne was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant. Fort Wayne (population 252,000), in northeastern Indiana, has a long history of intensive manufacturing. The city's older industrial corridor, which follows the major rail lines through the city, has experienced many plant closings and disinvestment. Fort Wayne has identified at least 68 significant brownfields properties totaling over 3,100 acres. It anticipates there are more than 1,000 smaller brownfields properties, including gas stations and underground storage tanks, throughout the city. Between 2000 and 2006, about 15,100 manufacturing jobs were lost in Fort Wayne, the largest number of jobs lost in the state. Nearly 67 percent of the residents in the three census tracts most directly affected by the brownfields are minorities, and the housing vacancy rate exceeds 23 percent. The poverty rate among the city's minorities is about 30 percent higher than that of the state. The city has a significant need for residential redevelopment, jobs, and the removal of environmental contamination that the assessment grant will promote.


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
(312) 886-7576
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields)

Grant Recipient: City of Fort Wayne, IN
(260) 427-1127

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.

EPA 560-F-07-051
May 2007
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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