City of Evansville, Indiana
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.
Date of Announcement: May 2002
Profile: City of Evansville, Indiana. The Pilot will target sites in Pigeon Township, the city's primary manufacturing and industrial area, which has been devastated by steady industrial closures and a declining population.
EPA has selected the City of Evansville for a Brownfields Assessment Pilot. Evansville (population 121,582) is located on the Ohio River in the tri-state area of southwestern Indiana. The city has designated its urban core, which consists primarily of Pig
Evansville's overall objective is to clean up contaminated properties in Pigeon Township for economic redevelopment. Pilot funds will help identify brownfields sites in the target area and assess environmental conditions at some of them. It also will fund
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
- Inventorying all potential brownfields sites in the 12 neighborhoods of Pigeon Township;
- Establishing a brownfields committee to work with the public to develop priorities for selecting target sites;
- Conducting approximately ten Phase I and six Phase II environmental assessments;
- Developing an innovative and sustainable reuse plan; and
- Reaching out to involve the residents and businesses in the target area.
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
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields)
Grant Recipient: City of Evansville, Indiana
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.