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Brownfields 1999 Assessment Pilot Fact Sheet
City of Hammond, Indiana

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EPA Brownfields Initiative

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.

Pilot Snapshot

Date of Announcement: May 2002
Amount: $150,000
$50,000 for Greenspace
Profile: The Pilot will conduct assessments in support of planning for construction of a golf course, restoration of fish and bird habitats, and enhancement of biking and hiking trails within the North Basin of the George Lake Watershed.

Background

EPA awarded the City of Hammond supplemental assistance for its Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot and additional funding for assessments at brownfields properties to be used for greenspace purposes. Hammond (population 181,000) is in an industrial area in Northwest Indiana that includes the George Lake watershed, one of the few remaining natural areas in the region. George Lake is surrounded by several former industrial facilities of environmental concern, including the Federated Metals hazardous waste dumpsite, the Amoco Oil Company research center, the Union Carbide Company disposal site, and the Bairstow site, a 97-acre former steel mill slag waste dump. The population in this severely impacted area is 45 percent minority.

The city's goal is to restore the George Lake watershed to retain and enhance natural open spaces and provide recreational opportunities for the community. The city has completed the first phase of its Watershed Restoration Project, construction of a 9-hole youth golf course and driving range on 46 acres of the Bairstow site. Most of the funding from the original pilot was spent on site work plans and investigations in support of the first phase of the George Lake Watershed Restoration Project. The second phase of this project will be the development of a full-sized 18-hole golf course.

Objectives

The supplemental funding will be used to continue Phase I, II, and III site assessments of the properties that will be used for the planned 18-hole golf course. The properties include wooded areas along the eastern and northeastern shores of the North Basin, sections of the former Amoco Research Center, and other shops and warehouse buildings.

The greenspace funding will be used to conduct assessments and develop a land-use plan for the 98 acres of recently acquired land within and adjoining the North Basin of George Lake. Through extensive community outreach efforts, the city is developing plans to restore fish and bird habitats and enhance biking and hiking trails within the North Basin. Assessments conducted with greenspace funding will support the development of a North Basin Watershed Management Plan.

Activities

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.

Contacts

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 Hammond, Indiana
(219) 853-6306

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 500-F-02-093
May 02
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)

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Brownfields 1999 Supplemental Assessment Pilot Fact Sheet
Hammond, IN

Printable PDF (1-2pp, 25k)

EPA Brownfields Initiative

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.

Pilot Snapshot

Date of Announcement: Jun 1999
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot targets the industrialized and degraded George Lake watershed for transformation into a public recreation area.

Background

EPA has selected the City of Hammond for a Brownfields Pilot. Hammond (population 180,858) is located in the middle of an industrialized area of Northwest Indiana and contains the George Lake watershed, which is one of the few remaining natural areas in the region. The area has a 45 percent minority population and is home to severe environmental degradation from heavy industrial use, such as steel mills, refineries, and chemical plants.

George Lake is surrounded by several former industrial facilities with possible environmental contamination, including the Federated Metals hazardous waste dumpsite, the Amoco Oil Company research center, the Union Carbide Company disposal site, and the Bairstow site, a 97-acre former steel mill slag waste dump. Hammond has already assessed the Bairstow site, and the property is part of the lake's restoration project that includes the construction (already underway) of an affordable youth golf course, as well as the creation of an adult golf course, protection of sensitive wooded uplands associated with migratory birds, and the enhancement of the lake and its two basins

Objectives

The Pilot's goal is to help redevelop and restore the George Lake watershed by completing environmental assessments and cleanup plans at brownfields surrounding George Lake. The Pilot will complement the George Lake watershed restoration project, whose goals are to identify and quantify all environmental contamination in the watershed, restore natural areas of the lake, and clean up impacted lake property for redevelopment as an accessible public recreational and natural resource.

Activities

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

Contacts

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 Hammond, Indiana
(219) 853-6306

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 500-F-99-138
Jun 99
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)

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