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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

$150,000 for petroleum (Recovery Act Funding)

EPA has selected the City of Rock Island for a brownfields assessment grant. Community-wide petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct at least five Phase I and three Phase II environmental site assessments, conduct cleanup planning, and support community involvement activities.

Community Description

The City of Rock Island was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant. Located in northwest Illinois, Rock Island (population 39,684) has a long industrial history that developed around the railroad and the Mississippi River. The city founded the famous Rock Island Line railroad and is home to the first railroad bridge built across the Mississippi River. During the late 20th century, declines in industrial operations, including the liquidation of the Rock Island Line in 1980, have left a legacy of abandoned and contaminated properties. The city has identified 51 brownfields, and 22 of these sites have potential petroleum contamination. The majority of these sites are in the oldest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods with minority populations as high as 62.6 percent. Assessment of brownfields is expected to catalyze site cleanup and 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 Rock Island, IL
(309) 732-2920

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-09-129
May 2009
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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