funds cleanup and revitalization efforts in Connecticut communities
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
is providing $1.9 million in Brownfields grants that will help
Connecticut communities to assess, clean up and redevelop abandoned
or contaminated properties. The funding is part of more than
$76 million in EPA brownfields investments across the country
announced by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to protect health
and the environment, create jobs and promote economic redevelopment
in American communities.
The grant money will assist work to reclaim sites including old
textile mills, sites containing hazardous substances and petroleum
products and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties.
EPA’s Brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America’s
estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites.
In Connecticut, EPA is providing Brownfields grants to the following
municipalities and groups:
•New Opportunities Economic Development Corp., Waterbury, $600,000;
•Police Activity League of Waterbury, Inc., Waterbury, $400,000;
•City of Stratford, $400,000; and,
•Valley Council of Governments, $500,000.
The $12.55 million in grant and Revolving Loan Fund money awarded
by EPA to a variety of New England communities and organization
will provide substantial help around the region. The EPA funding
leverages over $46 million of other money to pursue brownfields
clean up and revitalization work. In New England, these projects
have created 98 clean up jobs this year as well as 135 redevelopment
As of June 2011, EPA’s brownfields assistance has leveraged more
than $16.3 billion in clean up and redevelopment funding, and
helped create more than 70,000 jobs in clean up, construction
and redevelopment. These investments and jobs target local, under-served
and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental
clean ups and new jobs are most needed.
Since the beginning of the Brownfields Program, in New England
alone EPA has awarded 268 assessment grants totaling $67.1 million,
61 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling
$65 million and 174 clean up grants totaling $39.3 million. These
grant funds have paved the way for more than $1.3 billion in
public and private clean up and redevelopment investment and
for 8815 jobs in assessment, clean up, construction and redevelopment.
Some of the money falls under EPA’s brownfields revolving loan
funding (RLF). Since 1995, EPA RLF recipients have provided 53
loans and 63 grants in New England totaling more than $29 million
for brownfields clean up. The loan funds have paved the way for
more than $189 million in public and private clean up and redevelopment
investment and for 1034 jobs in clean up, construction 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).