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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
$100,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Vincennes for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to inventory sites, develop cleanup plans, and support community outreach activities.

Community Description

The City of Vincennes was selected to receive two brownfields assessment grants. Vincennes (population 18,701) is a small community in southwest Indiana on the banks of the Wabash River. The city has a historic past that includes the first bank, printed newspaper, and college in Indiana. Today, the city has identified more than 40 potential brownfield sites, including gasoline stations, dry cleaners, and manufacturing plants. More than half the properties are less than half a mile from the Wabash River and upgradient of the city's water supply wells. A majority of brownfields are bordered by residential neighborhoods, parks, and schools. At least two of the properties are former methamphetamine laboratories. These sites are in the business district and low-income neighborhoods, and pose potential threats to human health and the ecosystem of the Wabash River. The poverty rate in Vincennes is more than double the state rate. In the last two years, the operating budget for Vincennes has dropped by almost 35 percent. Brownfield assessments are expected to help leverage resources for redevelopment.


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 Vincennes, IN
(812) 882-7285

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-128-072
May 2011
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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