US Environmental Protection Agency announced it has selected the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority for two brownfields assessment grants. The Port Authority has been awarded $300,000 from USEPA Brownfield 2017 Assessment Grant funding:
- Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct eight Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments, and create three cleanup plans.
- Community-wide petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct five Phase I and three Phase II environmental site assessments, and create two cleanup plans.
Grant funds of both types also will be used to maintain and update an inventory of brownfield sites, and support community outreach activities. The Port Authority submitted its grant request application in December 2016, citing the need for focused redevelopment efforts in the Mill Creek and Interstate 75 inner city highway corridors.
“We are excited to hear that our request for USEPA Brownfields Assessment has been successful,” according to Laura Brunner, President & CEO of the Port Authority. “This funding will bolster our overarching initiative to revitalize 500 urban industrial acres located within corridors of legacy heavy manufacturing concentration. Repurposing land is a key strategy for creating a framework for new investment in communities that have experienced health and economic distress largely associated with the lack of available jobs. We plan to involve impacted community members through continued engagement.”
EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants.