Pike County, IN
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.
$200,000 for petroleum
EPA has selected Pike County for a brownfields cleanup grant. Petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up the former Jean''s Junction property at 714 North 9th Street in the City of Petersburg. The site is a former gas station that operated for many years until the 1960s and used multiple underground storage tanks containing various fuels. Soils and groundwater are contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities.
Pike County was selected to receive a brownfields cleanup grant. Pike County (population 12,855) is in the southwestern corner of Indiana. Its economy was based on the area''s rich natural resources, which supported the agricultural, timber, coal, and oil industries. Since the 1960s, the coal and oil mining industries have significantly declined, leaving numerous abandoned mines and oil fields. The wood manufacturing industry also has declined in the past decade. The target site is in the City of Petersburg. More than half the residents of Petersburg have low-to-moderate incomes, and median household incomes are well below the state average. Cleanup of the target site will reduce potential risks to human health and the environment. The county''s goal is to return the site, which is located at a gateway to the city, to productive reuse and back onto the Pike County tax rolls.
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: Pike 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.