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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 Grants $200,000 for hazardous substances $200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the Town of Fort Edward for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct 10 Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments. Petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct three Phase I and three Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities.

Community Description

The Town of Fort Edward was selected to receive two brownfields assessment grants. Located in upstate New York on the Hudson River, Fort Edward (population 5,892) has a rich history as an important Native American trading town that began during pre-Revolutionary times. The town''s archaeological sites date back to the French and Indian War. In later years, industry occupied the banks of the Hudson River, resulting in one of the largest PCB cleanups in the nation. The recent loss of local timber and paper industries has negatively impacted the area''s economy and job market. Today, the town is a former industrial stronghold with a shrinking manufacturing sector surrounded by agricultural lands and farms. It contains more than 50 brownfields. Brownfield assessments are expected to facilitate cleanup of priority sites and encourage redevelopment in the downtown area, thereby protecting outlying agricultural areas from development pressures.


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 2 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 2 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-new-jersey-new-york-puerto-rico-and-us-virgin)

Grant Recipient: Town of Fort Edward, NY

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-10-046
April 2010
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)

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