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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 City of Fort Wayne for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to inventory and prioritize sites and perform seven to 10 Phase I and nine to 12 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach and cleanup planning activities.

Community Description

The City of Fort Wayne was selected to receive two brownfields assessment grants. Located in northeastern Indiana, Fort Wayne (population 205,727) was once known as a manufacturing center but has lost almost 7,000 manufacturing jobs in the past five years. Job losses continue to rise as companies relocate and downsize. The city's unemployment rate ranges from nine to 11 percent. The city's 2010 budget was reduced by $1.8 million, and future budget reductions are anticipated because of reduced property tax revenues, business closures, and declining economic conditions. The city will target areas of high poverty, high building vacancy rates, and blight. According to the state, there are nearly 400 leaking underground storage tanks and 95 hazardous waste generators in the city. Assessment of brownfields will allow the city to identify contaminated areas, develop cleanup plans, and increase public awareness about and participation in the brownfields program.


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-128-070
May 2011
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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