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Northern California receives $2.6 Million to Clean Up and Revitalize Contaminated Properties

Release Date: 04/21/2010
Contact Information: (Media) Mary Simms, (415) 947-4270,

Neighborhoods to gain health, environmental and economic benefits

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $2.6 million in brownfields grants to communities Northern California. Sacramento, Placer County, Nevada City, the Northcoast Environmental Center, Oroville Redevelopment Agency, the Esparto Unified School District and the Rancho Cordova Community Redevelopment Agency are all receiving funding through the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants program.

Across the nation, nearly $80 million in brownfields grants will be used for the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields properties, including abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, closed smelters, and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

“Cleaning up and reusing distressed properties brings new jobs and stronger communities,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for EPA in the Pacific Southwest. “In addition to creating green jobs, local efforts to revitalize brownfield sites reduce threats to public health while attracting positive investments in our neighborhoods.”

For a list of brownfields grants in Northern California, please see the chart below.

Grant RecipientType of brownfields grantSite Name# of GrantsFunding for hazardous substancesFunding for petroleum
Nevada CityCleanupProvidence Mine: Mining Features Area1 $200,000 N/A
Nevada CityCleanupProvidence Mine: Waste Rock Pile site1 $200,000 N/A
Nevada CityCleanupStiles Mill1 $200,000 N/A
Northcoast Environmental CenterCleanupNorthcoast Environmental Center parcel1 $200,000 N/A
Oroville Redevelopment AgencyAssessmentCommunity-wide2 $200,000 $200,000
Placer CountyCleanupSnow Creek Restoration Project - Batch Mixing Area1 $200,000 N/A
Placer CountyCleanupSnow Creek Restoration Project - Settling Pond/Washout Area1 $200,000 N/A
Placer CountyCleanupSnow Creek Restoration Project/Raw Materials Storage Area1 $200,000 N/A
Rancho Cordova Community Redevelopment AgencyAssessmentCommunity-wide2 $200,000 $200,000
City of SacramentoCleanupJibboom Street Power Station site1 $200,000 N/A
Esparto Unified School DistrictCleanupProposed Esparto High School1$200,000N/A

The brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. As of March 2010, EPA’s brownfields assistance has leveraged more than $14 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding, and 61,277 jobs in cleanup, construction, and redevelopment.

These investments and jobs target local, under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed. Cleaning up our communities is one of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priorities, which leads not only to health and environmental benefits but also economic development and prosperity.

In total, EPA is selecting 304 grants through the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants programs:

188 assessment grants, totaling $42.56 million, will conduct site assessment and planning for cleanup at one or more brownfields sites as part of a community-wide effort.

    17 revolving loan fund grants, totaling $17 million, will provide loans and subgrants for communities to begin cleanup activities at brownfields sites. Revolving loan funds are generally used to provide low interest loans for brownfields cleanups.
      99 cleanup grants, totaling $19.36 million, will provide funding for grant recipients to carryout cleanup activities at brownfield sites they own.

      Since the beginning of the brownfields program in 1995, EPA has awarded 1,702 assessment grants totaling $401 million, 262 revolving loan fund grants totaling more than $256.7 million, and 655 cleanup grants totaling $129.4 million. As part of Administrator Jackson’s commitment to this program, the 2011 proposed budget includes an increase of $215 million for brownfields with a focus on planning, cleanup, job training and redevelopment.

      In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed. The brownfields law expanded the definition of what is considered a brownfield, so communities may now focus on mine-scarred lands, sites contaminated by petroleum, or sites contaminated as a result of manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs (e.g. meth labs).
        More information on EPA’s brownfields program, success stories, and FY 2010 grant recipients: