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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
$100,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Franklin for a brownfields assessment grant. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to prioritize city brownfields for assessment and perform six to eight Phase I and two to four Phase II site assessments, one risk assessment, and community outreach in eight economic revitalization areas. Petroleum grant funds will be used to prioritize sites for assessment and perform six to eight Phase I and two to four Phase II site assessments, one risk assessment, and community outreach in the same revitalization areas.

Community Description

The City of Franklin was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant. Franklin's 4.5 percent poverty rate is expected to rise with ongoing plant closings, which have reduced Franklin's workforce by 12 percent. With a majority of local jobs concentrated in two types of manufacturing, the city (population 19,463) needs to expand and diversify job opportunities to avoid further large-scale impacts on the community due to plant closings. Franklin's 20 brownfields, many of which are vacant or abandoned industrial sites, extend across all targeted areas of the city. Their assessment and reuse will help spur industrial investment, which has declined since 1996, and diversify the city's economic base.


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 Franklin, IN
(317) 736-3631

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-04-049
June 2004
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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