Energize-ECI Regional Planning District, East Central Indiana
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.
$358,500 for hazardous substances
$250,500 for petroleum
EPA has selected the Energize-ECI Regional Planning District for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct 12 Phase I and eight Phase II environmental site assessments. Petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct 10 Phase I and six Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to develop an inventory of brownfield sites throughout the coalition area and conduct community outreach and cleanup planning activities.
The Energize-ECI Regional Planning District was selected to receive a brownfields assessment coalition grant. The District's coalition partners are Blackford, Delaware, Grant, and Jay Counties (combined population 150,365), all of which are located in east-central Indiana. Since 1999, the coalition's four-county region has lost 15,158 jobs, primarily related to the decline of the auto industry. Many former manufacturing facilities have been either abandoned or demolished, leaving behind acres of unused land in the midst of declining neighborhoods. The region's unemployment rate exceeds the national average by nearly three percent, and some neighborhoods within the coalition area have median household incomes that are up to 40 percent lower than the national average. Brownfield assessments will allow the coalition to identify contaminated areas and prioritize sites according to their potential for eventual job creation.
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: Energize-ECI Regional Planning District, IN
765-254-0116 ext 0
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.