Application deadline for 2012 brownfields funding
EPA is encouraging eligible entities to apply
through November 28, 2011 for 2012 Brownfields funding. These
grant funds can be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum
and hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants, including
hazardous substances comingled with petroleum.
Available grants from EPA’s Brownfields Program include assessment
grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; coalitions
are funded up to $1 million over three years); cleanup grants
(each funded up to $200,000 over three years); and revolving
loan funds (each funded up to $1 million over five years).
According to the EPA, the following may apply: individuals from
eligible local, state and tribal governments; non-profits; coalitions;
land clearance authorities; and quasi-governmental entities interested
in a brownfields assessment, cleanup or revolving loan fund grant.
EPA’s Brownfields Program encourages the redevelopment of America’s
estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. Brownfield
sites include all real property, including residential, commercial
and industrial properties.
Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local
tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure,
takes development pressures off undeveloped, open land and improves
and protects the environment. Brownfields redevelopments have
included the conversion of industrial waterfronts to riverfront
parks, landfills to golf courses, rail corridors to recreational
trails and gas stations to housing.
EPA’s investment in the Brownfields Program has leveraged more
than $6.5 billion in brownfields cleanup and redevelopment funding
from the private and public sectors, and has created approximately
25,000 new jobs.
For more details on the EPA Brownfields grant application guidelines
go to www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicat.htm.