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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 Goshen for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct Phase I and II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to maintain the city's inventory of sites, support community outreach activities, and develop two hazardous waste and two petroleum cleanup plans.

Revolving Loan Fund Grant

$750,000 for hazardous substances
$250,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Goshen for a brownfields revolving loan fund grant. The grant will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the City of Goshen will provide loans to support cleanup activities for sites contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum. Grant funds also will be used to market and manage the program, conduct cleanup planning, and support community outreach activities. The city anticipates capitalizing three loans for hazardous substances and petroleum contamination.

Community Description

The City of Goshen was selected to receive two brownfields assessment grants and a brownfields revolving loan fund grant. Goshen (population 32,425) is located in northern Indiana. It has a long history of manufacturing driven by a diverse workforce. The decline of the manufacturing sector and changing labor trends have reduced the city's once strong economic base. Unemployment in Goshen reached 19.7 percent in 2009. The decline of the manufacturing industry has resulted not only in major job losses but also in the creation of large and small brownfields. The state has identified about 50 sites with known environmental contamination and about 90 sites, including storage tanks, industrial waste generators, and manufactured gas plants, that are likely to be contaminated. Brownfield assessments will help the city reduce environmental threats and address sites that are limiting redevelopment. Brownfield cleanups conducted through the RLF grant are expected to trigger reinvestment in the city's downtown area and surrounding residential neighborhoods, key components of the City's Comprehensive Plan.


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 Goshen, 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-128-071
May 2011
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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