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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 hazardous substances

EPA has selected Salt Lake County for a brownfields assessment grant. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct an area-wide Phase I environmental site assessment and about 20 Phase II environmental site assessments in the 135.3-acre West Millcreek area. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities.

Community Description

Salt Lake County was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant. Located in the Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake County (population 1,002,947) is targeting sites in the West Millcreek area for assessment. The area has a long history of commercial and industrial operations, including trucking and paving companies, a cement plant, and printing and graphics companies. It also contains limited residential development. The area has a higher percentage of minority residents than the county as a whole, and 26 percent of residents live below the poverty level. While development has thrived in surrounding areas of the county, the West Millcreek area has experienced a decrease in population, a higher-than-average poverty level, and low property values. The commercial and industrial land uses in the area have resulted in potential environmental contamination that discourages development. Brownfields assessment in the West Millcreek area is expected to provide the county with information about potential contamination at the sites and help catalyze redevelopment.


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 8 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 8 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-region-8)

Grant Recipient: Salt Lake County, UT
(801) 468-2280

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-08-180
March 2008
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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