U.S. EPA Announces $7.2 Million in Brownfields Grants to Promote Economic Redevelopment Across the Pacific Southwest

Approximately $56.8 million to be awarded nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Pacific Southwest Region will receive $7,246,516 in federal grant funds distributed across 19 entities for brownfield site revitalization efforts. These grants are part of the $56.8 million awarded nationally to 172 recipients to assess and clean up historically contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, to help local governments redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies.

“EPA is committed to working with communities to redevelop Brownfields sites which have plagued their neighborhoods. EPA’s Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These grants leverage considerable infrastructure and other investments, improving local economies and creating an environment where jobs can grow. I am very pleased the President’s budget recognizes the importance of these grants by providing continued funding for this important program.”

The following EPA Brownfields grants will be awarded this year:

Arizona

City of South Tucson: Assessment grant, $300,000
White Mountain Apache Tribe Housing Authority: Cleanup grants, $600,000
California

City of Yreka: Assessment grant, $600,000
City of Arcata: Assessment grant, $300,000
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District: Cleanup grants, $200,000
City of Grass Valley: Assessment grant, $598,312
Plumas County Community Development Commission: Assessment grant, $200,000
City of Pittsburg: Assessment grant, $300,000
Association of Bay Area Governments: Assessment grant, $600,000
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Cleanup grants, $348,204
City of Sacramento: Assessment grant, $300,000
City of Bakersfield: Assessment grant, $300,000
City of Los Angeles: Assessment grant, $300,000
City of Brea: Assessment grant, $200,000
California High Speed Rail Authority: Assessment grant, $600,000
Imperial County Transportation Commission: Assessment grant, $300,000
Nevada

Northern Nevada Development Authority: Assessment grant, $600,000
Nye County: Assessment grant, $600,000
Hawaii

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation: Assessment grant, $300,000; Cleanup grants, $600,000
Overview of the funds being announced today:

  • $25 million to communities who are receiving assessment and cleanup funding for the first time
  • $17.5 million of the assessment and cleanup funding will benefit small and rural communities with populations less than 10,000
  • Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 – $600,000 in funding to work on individual sites or several sites within their community
  • These funds will provide communities with resources necessary to determine the extent of site contamination, remove environmental uncertainties and clean up contaminated properties where needed.

Studies have shown that residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15.2% within a 1.24-mile radius of that site. A study analyzing data near 48 brownfield sites shows that an estimated $29 to $97 million in additional tax revenue was generated for local governments in a single year after cleanup. This is two to seven times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to those brownfields.

As of May 2017, more than 124,759 jobs and $24 billion of public and private funding has been leveraged as a result of assessment grants and other EPA Brownfields grants. On average, $16.11 was leveraged for each EPA Brownfields dollar and 8.5 jobs leveraged per $100,000 of EPA Brownfields funds expended on assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements.

View the list of the FY 2017 applicants selected for funding here: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-list-fy17-grants-selected-funding

More on EPA’s Brownfields program: https://epa.gov/brownfields

More on successful Brownfields stories: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-success-stories

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