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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

$588,900 for hazardous substances
$320,400 for petroleum

EPA has selected the Region III-A Development and Regional Planning Commission for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct 18 Phase I and 14 Phase II environmental site assessments and develop five cleanup plans. Petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct 14 Phase I and 10 Phase II environmental site assessments and develop four cleanup plans. Grant funds also will be used to inventory and prioritize sites and support community outreach activities.

Community Description

The Region III-A Development and Regional Planning Commission was selected to receive a brownfields assessment coalition grant. The Commission's coalition partners are the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council and the Counties of Adams, Allen (excluding Fort Wayne), LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley (combined population 303,831). Located in northeast Indiana, this area had an economy that historically was dominated by the agricultural sector. Manufacturing came to the area with the advent of rail transportation in the late 1800s. Today, the region is experiencing significant economic distress. In the last year, the region lost approximately 7,700 jobs, including jobs in the automotive, foundry, electronics, and housing construction industries. There are 115 sites on the region's list of brownfields, more than twice the previous year's total. The average unemployment rate for the seven counties is 10.4 percent, higher than the state and national averages. Brownfield assessments will help the Commission identify human health risks associated with sites and are expected to generate interest in site redevelopment and reuse.


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: Region III-A Development and Regional Planning 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-128-077
May 2011
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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