Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Easton, MD
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.
$150,000 for hazardous substances
$50,000 for petroleum
EPA has selected the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy for a brownfields cleanup grant. Hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up at 114-130 S. Washington Street in Easton for eventual transformation to the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. The property, located within Easton's National Register Historic District, comprises the former McCord Laundry Building, which closed in 2009, and five adjacent 1850s row houses, which have been vacant since a 2012 fire. Contaminants include drycleaning fluids and fuel oil. Grant funds will be used to guide the cleanup effort, remove and dispose of contaminated soil, install impervious materials to prevent stormwater infiltration, and remove three underground storage tanks.
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 3 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 3 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-delaware-maryland-pennsylvania-virginia-west)
Grant Recipient: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, MD
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.