“EPA’s Brownfields Program expands the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses, using existing infrastructure” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These grants leverage other public and private investments, and improve local economies through property cleanup and redevelopment.”
“Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and provide assistance where environmental cleanup and new job opportunities are needed,” said Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn. “These funds mean a great deal to these communities.”
“We are excited about the $1.2 million that will be spent on environmental site assessments and cleanup planning for underutilized and blighted properties in these four cities, three of which are in more rural areas of the State,” said Brownfield Coordinator for the GA Environmental Protection Division’s Response & Remediation Program Shannon Ridley. “Environmental assessments and cleanup planning are important first steps in the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield properties,” Shannon said.
The following communities in Georgia will receive funding for community-wide Brownfields assessment activities and cleanup planning:
- Albany – $300,000 ($200,000 for hazardous substances and $100,000 for petroleum) Hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct environmental site assessments and develop reuse and community involvement plans.
- Perry – $300,000 ($150,000 for hazardous substances and $150,000 for petroleum) Hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct environmental site assessments, and prepare cleanup plans.
Savannah – $300,000 ($150,000 for hazardous substances and $150,000 for petroleum) Hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct environmental site assessments and prepare cleanup plans.
View of part of the 2-mile tract in Savannah (along MLK, Jr. Blvd & Montgomery St) that may be considered for assessment under this grant.
- Waycross – $300,000 ($150,000 for hazardous substances and $150,000 for petroleum) Hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct environmental site assessments and prepare cleanup plans. Funds also will be used to prepare a comprehensive inventory of all brownfield properties in the target area that is compatible with the Ware County GIS database.
The Brownfields Program targets communities that are economically disadvantaged and provides funding and assistance to transform blighted sites into assets that can generate jobs and spur economic growth. A study analyzing 48 brownfields sites found that an estimated $29 million 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 the cleanup of these brownfield sites. Furthermore, another study found that property values of homes located near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15 percent after cleanup.
In addition, communities can use Brownfields funding to leverage water infrastructure loans and other financial resources. For example, EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund can be used, under certain conditions, to address the water quality aspects of brownfield sites and the assessment and construction of drinking water infrastructure on brownfields, respectively. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program may also serve as a potential source of long-term, low-cost supplemental financing to fund brownfields project development and implementation activities to address water quality aspects of brownfields.
List of the FY 2018 Applicants Selected for Funding: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicants-selected-fy18-brownfields-assessment-revolving-loan-fund-and-cleanup-grants
For more information on the ARC grants: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding
For more information on EPA’s Brownfields Program: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields
For more information on how brownfields restoration has positively impacted local economies and the quality of life for neighboring communities: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-success-stories
Revolving Loan Fund Resources
Council of Development Finance Agencies — Revolving Loan Funds & Development Finance
US Economic Development Administration — Revolving Loan Fund
GA Dept of Community Affairs — Downtown Development Revolving Loan fund (DDRLF)
Appalachian Regional Commission — ARC Business Development Revolving Loan Fund Grant Guidelines
Brownfield Clean-Up Grants
US EPA — FY19 Guidelines for Brownfield Cleanup Grants
US EPA — Types of Grant Funding
US EPA — Cleanup Grants and Funding
US EPA — FY19 Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup (MAC) Grants