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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 February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, and create or save millions of jobs. This law provided stimulus funds to the Brownfields Program to award grants to evaluate and clean up former industrial and commercial sites. Under this law, EPA will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants.

Assessment Grant

$200,000 for hazardous substances (Recovery Act Funding)

EPA has selected the City of Lincoln Park for a brownfields assessment grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to develop a comprehensive inventory of sites and conduct 10 Phase I and 8 Phase II environmental site assessments at priority sites. Grant funds also will be used for cleanup planning and community outreach activities.

Community Description

The City of Lincoln Park was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant. Lincoln Park (population 38,005) is a small land-locked city that lies within the Detroit metropolitan area in southeastern Michigan. It is situated on heavily used transportation routes. The city has long been home to automotive suppliers and other manufacturing businesses. The manufacturing sector in the Detroit region has been steadily declining since 1950. Manufacturing facilities have closed or downsized, leaving behind numerous abandoned and deteriorating commercial and industrial facilities with unknown contamination. The city will focus assessment efforts on the north industrial area, brownfield business corridor, and unregulated dumps. Many of these sites are adjacent to low-income neighborhoods. Between August 2007 and August 2008, the city experienced a 14 percent loss of jobs. Assessment of brownfields will help the city identify health threats, establish priorities for reuse projects, and encourage 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 5 Brownfields Team
(312) 886-7576
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields)

Grant Recipient: City of Lincoln Park, MI
(313) 386-1800 ext 270

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-09-190
May 2009
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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