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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. 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.

Assessment Grant

$200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected DeKalb County for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct about 14 Phase I and six Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities and develop cleanup plans.

Community Description

DeKalb County was selected to receive a brownfields assessment coalition grant. DeKalb County''s coalition partners are the Cities of Auburn, Garrett, and Ashley. DeKalb County (population 41,585) occupies about 362 square miles of rural land in northeast Indiana along the Ohio border. The construction of railroad lines and a boom in vehicle and parts manufacturing in the 1900s made the county an important transportation hub. As employers left the region or downsized, unemployment rates rose, and many sites and facilities have been abandoned or left vacant. Brownfield sites with unknown environmental conditions are concentrated around urban cores and in low-income neighborhoods. DeKalb County''s unemployment rate reached 14.2 percent in June 2009. Brownfield assessments will allow the coalition to determine the extent of contamination and cleanup options. Assessments also are expected to be the first step toward implementing the county''s Comprehensive Plan and managed growth approach.


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: DeKalb County, 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.

EPA 560-F-10-194
April 2010
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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