Last Updated on May 13, 2020 by EPA
On May 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 155 grants for communities and tribes totaling over $65.6 million in EPA brownfields funding through the agency’s Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grant Programs.
EPA has selected the City of Logansport for a $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant. Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct 16 Phase I and 12 to 24 Phase II environmental site assessments and develop seven to 14 cleanup plans. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community involvement activities. Assessment activities will focus on the Logansport Erie Avenue Corridor, Logansport Water Street Corridor, and the Grissom Aeroplex. Priority sites include the Transco and Exide Battery sites in Logansport; the Nickel Plate North site in downtown Rochester; the Akron Foundry site in Akron, and the Grissom Aeroplex Heat Plant in Bunker Hill. Coalition partners are Fulton County and the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council.
These EPA grant programs support community revitalization in under-served and economically disadvantaged communities.
A brownfield is a property for which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. There are estimated to be more than 450,000 brownfields in the United States. EPA’s Brownfields Program began in 1995 and has provided nearly $1.6 billion in brownfield grants to assess and clean up contaminated properties and return blighted properties to productive reuse. To date, brownfields investments have leveraged more than $31 billion in cleanup and redevelopment. Over the years, the relatively small investment of federal funding, from both public and private sources, leveraged more than 160,000 jobs.