Brownfields Program Activities Under the Recovery Act
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide $100 million to the EPA Brownfields Program for clean up, revitalization, and sustainable reuse of contaminated properties. The funds will be awarded to eligible entities through job training, assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants.
- Brownfields ARRA Guidance
The Brownfields Recovery Act guidance explains to recipients how to report data into federalreporting.gov.
For more information regarding Brownfields ARRA reporting, please view the training presentation (PDF) (55 pp, 7.8M).
For more information regarding Recovery Act reporting, please visit federalreporting.gov.
- EPA Announces $55 Million to Supplement Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants
Communities in 55 state or local governments will receive $55 million in supplemental funding for brownfields revolving loan fund grants to help communities carry out cleanup activities, redevelopment projects, and create jobs for local residents living near brownfields sites. The grants include $42 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009, and $13 million from the EPA brownfields general program funding. Since the beginning of the Brownfields Program, revolving loan fund grant recipients have executed 146 loans and awarded 41 subgrants to support brownfields cleanup totaling more than $76.8 million.
- $6.8 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Brownfields Environmental Job Training
Fourteen communities in eight states will share $6.8 million in Brownfields Job Training Grants geared toward cleaning up contaminated properties and turning them into productive community assets. These grants are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under its Brownfields Program is awarding grants of up to $500,000 each to eligible governmental entities and non-profit organizations. The grants will teach environmental assessment and cleanup job skills to individuals living in areas near brownfields sites in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Washington.
Communities in 46 states, four Tribes, and two U.S. Territories will share $111.9 million in EPA Brownfields grants
These communities will share $111.9 million in EPA Brownfields grants to help revitalize former industrial and commercial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use. The grants include $37.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009, and $74.6 million from the EPA brownfields general program funding. Since the beginning of the Brownfields Program, EPA has awarded 1450 assessment grants totaling $337.5 million, 242 revolving loan fund grants totaling $233.5 million and 538 cleanup grants totaling $99 million.
- View the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Recovery Plan submitted to OMB on May 15, 2009
The EPA Brownfields Program has been in existence since the early 1990s. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfield sites. A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
For more information, please contact the EPA Brownfields Program at Brownfields-Web-Comments@epamail.epa.gov.