News Releases from Region 9
Northern California receives $2.6 Million to Clean Up and Revitalize Contaminated Properties
Release Date: 04/21/2010
Contact Information: (Media) Mary Simms, (415) 947-4270, email@example.com
Neighborhoods to gain health, environmental and economic benefits
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $2.6 million in brownfields grants to communities Northern California. Sacramento, Placer County, Nevada City, the Northcoast Environmental Center, Oroville Redevelopment Agency, the Esparto Unified School District and the Rancho Cordova Community Redevelopment Agency are all receiving funding through the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants program.
Across the nation, nearly $80 million in brownfields grants will be used for the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields properties, including abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, closed smelters, and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties.
“Cleaning up and reusing distressed properties brings new jobs and stronger communities,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for EPA in the Pacific Southwest. “In addition to creating green jobs, local efforts to revitalize brownfield sites reduce threats to public health while attracting positive investments in our neighborhoods.”
For a list of brownfields grants in Northern California, please see the chart below.
|Grant Recipient||Type of brownfields grant||Site Name||# of Grants||Funding for hazardous substances||Funding for petroleum|
|Nevada City||Cleanup||Providence Mine: Mining Features Area||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Nevada City||Cleanup||Providence Mine: Waste Rock Pile site||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Nevada City||Cleanup||Stiles Mill||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Northcoast Environmental Center||Cleanup||Northcoast Environmental Center parcel||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Oroville Redevelopment Agency||Assessment||Community-wide||2||$200,000||$200,000|
|Placer County||Cleanup||Snow Creek Restoration Project - Batch Mixing Area||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Placer County||Cleanup||Snow Creek Restoration Project - Settling Pond/Washout Area||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Placer County||Cleanup||Snow Creek Restoration Project/Raw Materials Storage Area||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Rancho Cordova Community Redevelopment Agency||Assessment||Community-wide||2||$200,000||$200,000|
|City of Sacramento||Cleanup||Jibboom Street Power Station site||1||$200,000||N/A|
|Esparto Unified School District||Cleanup||Proposed Esparto High School||1||$200,000||N/A|
The brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. As of March 2010, EPA’s brownfields assistance has leveraged more than $14 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding, and 61,277 jobs in cleanup, construction, and redevelopment.
These investments and jobs target local, under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed. Cleaning up our communities is one of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priorities, which leads not only to health and environmental benefits but also economic development and prosperity.
In total, EPA is selecting 304 grants through the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants programs:
· 188 assessment grants, totaling $42.56 million, will conduct site assessment and planning for cleanup at one or more brownfields sites as part of a community-wide effort.
Since the beginning of the brownfields program in 1995, EPA has awarded 1,702 assessment grants totaling $401 million, 262 revolving loan fund grants totaling more than $256.7 million, and 655 cleanup grants totaling $129.4 million. As part of Administrator Jackson’s commitment to this program, the 2011 proposed budget includes an increase of $215 million for brownfields with a focus on planning, cleanup, job training and redevelopment.
In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed. The brownfields law expanded the definition of what is considered a brownfield, so communities may now focus on mine-scarred lands, sites contaminated by petroleum, or sites contaminated as a result of manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs (e.g. meth labs).