Enterprise Zone Education and Training Center Corporation, Evansville, 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 hazardous substances
EPA has selected the Enterprise Zone Education and Training Center Corporation for a brownfields cleanup grant. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the Tri-State Resource Recovery Center site at 1511 Harriett Street in Evansville. The site is a nonprofit recycling facility that sorts and resells recyclable and industrial materials from surrounding counties. The property formerly housed the International Steel Company and Sterling Boiler. Soil and groundwater are contaminated with chlorinated solvents and metals from the former uses.
The Enterprise Zone Education and Training Center Corporation was selected to receive a brownfields cleanup grant. The target site is in Evansville's state-designated Enterprise Zone (population 8,132), a 3.7-square-mile section of the city comprised primarily of older industrial and inner-city residential areas. Many of the major employers have left the area, leaving workers without jobs and more than 2.5 million square feet of abandoned business space. Within the zone, there are 300 parcels of brownfields encompassing 200 acres. Contamination from these brownfields may be contaminating wells that provide drinking water to some homes in the area. About 15 percent of residents in the target area live below the poverty level, and the average per capita income is significantly lower than the county average. When the target site is cleaned up, the Corporation plans to redevelop it as a for-profit recycling facility. Cleanup of the target site is expected to reduce the threat of exposure to chlorinated solvents and create jobs.
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: Enterprise Zone Education and Training Center Corporation, 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.