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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

$500,000 for hazardous substances

$100,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected Oakland County for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances funds will be used to conduct approximately 36 Phase I and 16 Phase II environmental site assessments. Community-wide petroleum funds will be used to conduct approximately 10 Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to maintain and update the county's site inventory and conduct community outreach. Coalition partners are the Cities of Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Pontiac, and Southfield, which surround the City of Detroit's urban core, and are among some of the oldest and hardest hit communities in the Detroit Metropolitan Region. The focus of this grant will be along the 8-Mile Boulevard and Woodward Avenue corridors.


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: Oakland County, MI
(248) 858-8073

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 2013
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)

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