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Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Cooperative Agreements

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The objectives of the brownfield assessment and cleanup cooperative agreements are to provide funding: (1) to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites; (2) to capitalize a revolving loan fund (RLF) and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites; and (3) to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites that are owned by the grant recipient. Funding Priority: CERCLA 104(k)(2)(3) provides EPA with authority for a program to provide grants to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning related to brownfield sites; to capitalize a revolving loan fund (RLF) and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites; and to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites that are owned by the grant recipient. Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. For assessment grants, an eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and up to $200,000 to address sites contaminated by petroleum. Applicants may request a waiver of the $200,000 limit up to $350,000 for sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and up to $350,000 to address sites contaminated by petroleum. Waiver requests must be based on the anticipated level of contamination, size, or ownership status of the site. These limits are mandatory under CERCLA 104(k)(4)(A). For revolving loan fund grants, an eligible entity may apply for up to $1,000,000 for an initial RLF grant. This limit is mandatory under CERCLA 104(k)(4)(A). For cleanup grants, an eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 per site. The $200,000 per site limit is mandatory under CERCLA 104(k)(3)(A). In Fiscal Year 2004, EPA anticipates limiting assessment funding to $400,000 per eligible entity unless a statutory waiver of the $200,000 per site limit is granted. The maximum amount of assessment funding available per applicant if waivers are granted is anticipated to be $700,000 per eligible entity. The Agency anticipates limiting the number of applications that it will consider for cleanup grants to five sites per eligible applicant. RLF applicants may apply for the full $1 million authorized by statute. Coalitions of eligible entities may apply together under one recipient for up to $1,000,000 per eligible entity.