EPA Partnership and Grants

Since its inception in 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated (and potentially contaminated) property is perceived, addressed, and managed. EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. It is estimated there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.

Initially, EPA provided small amounts of seed money to local governments that launched hundreds of two-year brownfield "pilot" projects. Through passage of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, effective polices that EPA had developed over the years were passed into law. The Brownfields Law expanded EPA's assistance by providing new tools for the public and private sectors to promote sustainable brownfields cleanup and reuse.

The EPA Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training. To facilitate the leveraging of public resources, EPA's Brownfields Program collaborates with other EPA programs, other federal partners, and state agencies to identify and make available resources that can be used for brownfields activities. In addition to direct brownfields funding, EPA also provides technical information on brownfields financing matters.

EPA Brownfields Grants Received by Springfield

1999-2002Hazardous Substances Assessment Pilot (Completed)$200,000
2003-2005Hazardous Substances Assessment (Completed)$150,000
2004-2006Petroleum Assessment (Completed)$150,000
2004-2006Hazardous Substances Assessment (Completed)$150,000
2006-2009Petroleum Assessment (Ongoing)$200,000
2007-2010Hazardous Substances Assessment (Ongoing)$200,000
2007-2012Revolving Loan Fund (Ongoing) - Environmental Cleanup$1,000,000
2008-2011Hazardous Substance Cleanup, West Meadows Site #1$200,000
2009Revolving Loan Fund - ARRA$510,000
2009Hazardous Substance - ARRA$200,000
2009Petroleum Assessment - ARRA$200,000
2009Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #4 - ARRA$200,000
2011Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #5 - ARRA$200,000
2011Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #6 - ARRA$200,000
2011Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #7 - ARRA$200,000
2013Hazardous and Petroleum Assessment Grant$400,000
2013Revolving Loan Fund Supplanted Funding$600,000
2016Revolving Loan Fund Supplanted Funding$500,000
2016Environmental Job Training Grant (Managed by Workforce Development)$200,000

EPA Brownfields Targeted Assessments

Year  Project
2009-2010West Meadows Area Deep Bedrock Testing
2009-2010Former Airport Terminal
2009-201021 Jordan Creek area assessments for Corp of Engineers Stormwater Project
2008West Meadows
2007Meeks Lumber
2004-2005Former Manufactured Gas Plant Residues

EPA Regions

EPA administers its Brownfields grant program through 10 EPA Regions. Springfield is in Region 7, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Region 7 headquarters is located in Kansas City, Kansas.

These federal grants are competitive on a nationwide basis and do not differentiate size of the municipal applicant. 

Map of the EPA Regions