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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

$200,000 for hazardous substances

EPA has selected the City of Chicopee for a brownfields assessment grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct up to six Phase I and at least five Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used for cleanup planning and to support community outreach and involvement activities. The project will focus on the West End neighborhood of downtown Chicopee.

Cleanup Grants

$600,000 for hazardous substances

EPA has selected the City of Chicopee for three brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up Parcels #124-03, #124-11, and #147-09 of the former Uniroyal Tire Complex at 154 Grove Street. From the late 1800s until its acquisition by the city in 2009, the approximately 28-acre property was used as a lumber yard; for the manufacture of bicycle, automobile, and truck tires; and for various other manufacturing activities. Today, 17 vacant buildings remain standing at the site. Site soil is contaminated with PCBs, heavy metals, and semi-volatile organic compounds. Groundwater is contaminated with volatile organic compounds. Grant funds also will be used for post-cleanup air monitoring.


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: City of Chicopee, MA

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.

May 2012
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)

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