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.
$600,000 for hazardous substances
EPA has selected the City of Goshen for three brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the 2.6-acre former Northern Indiana Public Service Corporation site at 315 West Washington Street. The site has been home to various electric power companies since the late 1800s, and is contaminated with heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Grant funds also will be used to clean up the three sites at 212 West Madison Street and 211 West Monroe Street that make up the central portion of the River Race Redevelopment Area. Since the late 1800s, this 1.7-acre portion has been used as a blacksmith shop, automotive shop, and steam laundry. It is contaminated with heavy metals. Grant funds also will be used to clean up the 2.5-acre West Subparcel of the former Jack Wait property at 214 West Jefferson Street. From the 1880s to the beginning of the 21st century, the site was used for furniture and metal cabinet production, and hardware and electric products manufacturing. The site is contaminated with heavy metals and volatile organic compounds. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities.
The City of Goshen was selected to receive three brownfields cleanup grants. Goshen (population 31,263) has a long history of intensive manufacturing that has left a legacy of contamination and abandoned and underused industrial properties. A recent inventory has identified more than 100 brownfields in the city. In the spring of 2009, the unemployment rate in Goshen surpassed 20 percent. The number of foreclosures has risen steadily during the last three years, and the current economic downturn has made it difficult for the city to maintain its population and tax base. Approximately a third of the city''s residents are minorities. The cleanup sites are part of the River Race Redevelopment Area project. Cleanup of the sites will reduce exposure to contaminants and improve the quality of land and waterways in the area. The goal of the project is to develop sites for mixed residential and limited commercial use. This effort is part of a master plan for the River Race area that is expected to result in at least $20 million of private investment and an expanded tax base.
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 Goshen, 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.