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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. On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields 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

$200,000 for hazardous substances

EPA has selected the Town of Framingham for a brownfields assessment grant. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct up to eight Phase I and up to three Phase II environmental site assessments in the Downtown and Southeast Framingham neighborhoods. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities.

Community Description

The Town of Framingham was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant. Located about 20 miles west of Boston, Framingham (population 67,000) is the geographic center of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. Although most of the town has benefited from regional growth, areas such as Downtown and Southeast Framingham have not kept pace. Low-income families and individuals and most of the town's immigrant and minority populations are concentrated in these neighborhoods. In addition, most sites with known contamination are located in Southeast Framingham, which was historically used for industrial and manufacturing purposes. In 1985, the manufacturing sector in the city generated 14,888 jobs; today, it generates just over 5,000. The presence of brownfields has become a barrier to economic growth and job creation. The state's inventory currently lists 438 contaminated sites in Framingham. Brownfields assessment will help the city identify areas of contamination and determine appropriate reuse of sites.


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 1 Brownfields Team
(617) 918-1424
EPA Region 1 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/region1/brownfields)

Grant Recipient: Town of Framingham, MA
(508) 532-5455

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-08-012
March 2008
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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