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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 Grant

$400,000 for hazardous substances
$200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Wabash for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct about 11 Phase I and 11 Phase II environmental site assessments and develop cleanup plans.

Community Description

The City of Wabash was selected to receive a brownfields assessment coalition grant. The city's coalition partners are the Town of North Manchester and Wabash County. Located in north-central Indiana, the coalition's geographic region encompasses the Wabash County area (population 32,558). The region once had a strong industrial base. Over the past decade, economic downturns have caused manufacturers to relocate or close facilities, leading to significant job losses and the creation of large brownfields in and around the region's residential neighborhoods. The City of Wabash has lost 11.2 percent of its population over the past decade, largely as a result of the decline of the industrial base. The region's unemployment rate is above national and state averages, and the county's median household income is 11 percent less than the national average. There are 290 sites with known environmental contamination in the region, consisting mostly of active and abandoned gas stations, dry cleaners, foundries, and manufacturing plants. Brownfield assessments will support characterization of priority sites and are expected to help catalyze cleanup and 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 Wabash, 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-128-073
May 2011
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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