West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc.
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. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this 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.
$447,000 for hazardous substances
$447,000 for petroleum
EPA has selected the West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct between 24 and 27 Phase I and between 12 and 15 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to inventory and prioritize brownfields, conduct cleanup planning and health monitoring, and support community outreach activities.
The West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., was selected to receive a brownfields assessment coalition grant. The Development District's coalition partners are the Counties of Clay, Vermillion, and Vigo (combined population 89,206). These are primarily rural counties containing many small towns. In the past, the region's economy thrived on the mining industry, railroad transportation, and various industrial operations. The industrial base has significantly declined, and many companies have closed their doors, leaving behind a growing number of abandoned sites. Brownfields issues were made worse when the region was devastated by flooding in June 2008, which had a negative impact on the region's economy. The unemployment rate is higher and per capita incomes are lower than the state as a whole. Assessment of brownfields is expected to leverage funding for cleanup and redevelopment projects that will increase the tax base and create jobs.
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: West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., IN
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.