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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.

Cleanup Grant

$200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Fort Wayne for a brownfields cleanup grant. Petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up the former Hubcap Express site at 106 South Clinton Street. The site was used as a service station and truck rental facility from the 1940s to the 1990s. Site soil and groundwater are contaminated with gasoline and diesel fuel. Grant funds also will be used for soil confirmation sampling and quarterly groundwater monitoring.

Community Description

The City of Fort Wayne was selected to receive a brownfields cleanup grant. Located in northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne (population 251,291) is situated at the confluence of the St. Mary''s, St. Joseph, and Maumee Rivers. Long known as a manufacturing center, the city has lost nearly 7,000 manufacturing jobs in the last five years. This number continues to rise as businesses close and relocate. In addition to the city's inventory of 45 petroleum sites, the state database lists nearly 400 leaking underground storage tanks in Fort Wayne. The former Hubcap Express site is located within Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, which is visited by an estimated 500,000 people annually. It provides flood control and space for recreational activities and charitable events. More than half of the residents in the surrounding neighborhood are minorities. Cleanup of the site is expected to help the city continue its efforts to improve and maintain the quality of Headwaters Park. Plans for the park include an amphitheater and a footbridge connecting it to future development across the St. Mary''s River.


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 Fort Wayne, 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-10-093
April 2010
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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