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.
- Download a fact sheet with the grant / project summary (PDF) shown below.
EPA Brownfields Grants Received by Springfield
|1999-2002||Hazardous Substances Assessment Pilot (Completed)||$200,000|
|2003-2005||Hazardous Substances Assessment (Completed)||$150,000|
|2004-2006||Petroleum Assessment (Completed)||$150,000|
|2004-2006||Hazardous Substances Assessment (Completed)||$150,000|
|2006-2009||Petroleum Assessment (Ongoing)||$200,000|
|2007-2010||Hazardous Substances Assessment (Ongoing)||$200,000|
|2007-2012||Revolving Loan Fund (Ongoing) - Environmental Cleanup||$1,000,000|
|2008-2011||Hazardous Substance Cleanup, West Meadows Site #1||$200,000|
|2009||Revolving Loan Fund - ARRA||$510,000|
|2009||Hazardous Substance - ARRA||$200,000|
|2009||Petroleum Assessment - ARRA||$200,000|
|2009||Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #4 - ARRA||$200,000|
|2011||Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #5 - ARRA||$200,000|
|2011||Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #6 - ARRA||$200,000|
|2011||Cleanup Grant, West Meadows Site #7 - ARRA||$200,000|
|2013||Hazardous and Petroleum Assessment Grant||$400,000|
|2013||Revolving Loan Fund Supplanted Funding||$600,000|
|2016||Revolving Loan Fund Supplanted Funding||$500,000|
|2016||Environmental Job Training Grant (Managed by Workforce Development)||$200,000|
EPA Brownfields Targeted Assessments
|2009-2010||West Meadows Area Deep Bedrock Testing|
|2009-2010||Former Airport Terminal|
|2009-2010||21 Jordan Creek area assessments for Corp of Engineers Stormwater Project|
|2004-2005||Former Manufactured Gas Plant Residues|
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.