Elkhart County, 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
$200,000 for petroleum
EPA has selected Elkhart County for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to inventory and prioritize sites, and conduct 10 to 15 Phase I and six to eight Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities, conduct cleanup planning, and prepare area-wide plans for the State Road 19 North and 19 South Corridors. Petroleum grant funds will be used to perform the same tasks at sites with potential petroleum contamination.
Elkhart County was selected to receive two brownfields assessment grants. Located in northern Indiana near the Michigan border, Elkhart County (population 200,502) has been disproportionately impacted by brownfields. The county is targeting the State Road 19 North and South Corridors, which serve as the primary transportation and access routes to the City of Elkhart. The corridors have been neglected as heavy industry, junkyards, and dumps occupied the areas. They contain up to 139 industrial parcels, of which as many as 60 may be brownfields. The city's unemployment rate is 13.4 percent. The high unemployment rate coupled with decreasing wages has contributed to an extremely high foreclosure rate. More than 15 percent of residents are Hispanic or Latino. Brownfield assessments will identify the sites with the greatest potential for cleanup and redevelopment and help clarify the contamination concerns that discourage investment.
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: Elkhart County, 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.