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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
$200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the New Albany Redevelopment Commission for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to prioritize sites and conduct about 25 Phase I and 10 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to develop cleanup plans and support community outreach activities. The target area for assessments is the city's designated Urban Enterprise Zone.

Community Description

The New Albany Redevelopment Commission was selected to receive two brownfields assessment grants. Located in southern Indiana along the Ohio River, New Albany (population 37,603) flourished from the time of its founding in 1813 until after World War II, when the manufacturing sector moved from the city. A 2008 inventory identified 73 potential brownfields, 65 of which are in the city's target area, the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ). Brownfields within the UEZ total about 220 acres. Both of the two major waterways that border the UEZ are on the Indiana Impaired Waterways list. Sixty-five percent of area residents are considered to have low-to-moderate incomes, and the median household income is nearly $10,000 lower than the city median. The percentage of minority residents is significantly higher in the UEZ than the city average. As of August 2010, the unemployment rate in New Albany was 11.2 percent. Brownfield assessments are expected to help leverage new and expanded redevelopment in the UEZ area.


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: New Albany Redevelopment Commission, 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-128-076
May 2011
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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