Brownfields Newsroom Archive — 2012
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- Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
EPA is announcing $3 million to be awarded to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. The grants will recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that will help resolve environmental challenges in their communities. These investments will protect people’s health and the environment and target underserved and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are most needed. As of June 2012, approximately 10,300 individuals had completed training and approximately 7,300 obtained employment in the environmental field, with an average starting hourly wage of $14.12. The development of this green workforce will allow the trainees to develop skills that will make them competitive in the redevelopment and environmental fields.
- Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants
EPA is announcing $3.8 million in grants to both assess and clean up contaminated sites and revitalize communities through a new Multi-Purpose Grant approach. Nine recipients were selected across the country. These pilots will help each of the nine recipients overcome obstacles with conducting assessments and cleanup activities, and help to eliminate the delay that can occur when moving from assessment to cleanup when funding has not been secured. The investments represent a broad range of distressed communities and redevelopment opportunities. The revitalization of these brownfields sites will reduce threats to human health and the environment, promote community involvement, and attract investment in local neighborhoods.
- Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), Cleanup Grants, & Supplemental Funding for RLF Grants
EPA is announcing $69.3 million in new Brownfields grants to provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and create jobs while protecting public health. The 245 grantees include tribes and communities in 39 states across the country, funded by EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants and RLF Supplemental Grants. Since the Program’s inception, EPA’s Brownfields investments have leveraged more than $18.3 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from a variety of public and private sources and have resulted in approximately 75,500 jobs. EPA has awarded 2,008 Assessment grants totaling $480.1 million, 292 Revolving Loan Fund grants totaling $286.1 million, and 838 Cleanup grants totaling $157.6 million.
- FY 2012 Funds to Supplement Eligible Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants
EPA is announcing the availability of an estimated $7 million in FY 2012 funds to supplement eligible Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants. Grants eligible to request supplemental funds are Brownfields RLF grants that have been previously awarded competitively under Section 104(k)(3) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or that have transitioned to Section 104(k)(3) of CERCLA, and subject to other identified criteria. Requests for funding must be postmarked by April 19, 2012. Specific information on eligible entities and criteria for submitting a request for supplemental RLF funding can be obtained by contacting the EPA Brownfields Coordinator for your region.
- Federal Register Notice
March 19, 2012
- FY12 RLF Supplemental Funding Process Memo (PDF) (4 pp, 32K)
March 19, 2012
- Federal Register Notice
- FY 2012 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines — Request for Proposals
EPA provides funds to nonprofit organizations and eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities, chemical safety, and wastewater management. Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants are provided to recruit, train, and place, unemployed and under-employed, predominantly low-income and minority, residents historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Proposals are due April 12, 2012.
- Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Guidelines (PDF) (40 pp, 457K)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (21 pp, 96K)
- Brownfields Conferences Co-Sponsorship 2013-2017 — Request for Proposals (PDF) (30 pp, 287K)
EPA is announcing the availability of funds and soliciting proposals from certain eligible entities, including non-profits, for financial assistance to support the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization in planning three national Brownfields conferences to be held over a five-year period, beginning in 2012. EPA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement with total estimated funding of $900,000. The Brownfields conferences provide training, research and technical assistance to communities to facilitate the inventory of brownfield sites, site assessments and remediation of brownfield sites, community involvement, and site preparation. The successful applicant will be the primary non-federal co-sponsor for the conference and EPA will be the primary federal co-sponsor. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 10, 2012.
- Brownfields Multi-Purpose Pilot Grant Guidelines — Request for Proposals
The EPA is piloting a new grant program that will provide a single grant to an eligible entity for both assessment and cleanup work at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant. These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum or hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). An applicant may request up to $200,000 ($350,000 with a waiver) for assessment activities and $200,000 for direct cleanup activities at the same site. The total available for each grant is $400,000 or $550,000 with a waiver. Only applicants who have received an EPA Brownfields grant in 2003 or later are eligible to apply for the multi-purpose pilot grant. The proposal deadline is February 10, 2012.
- Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs, Fiscal Year 2012 (PDF) (27 pp, 450K)
Section 128(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. This document provides guidance that will enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2011 section 128(a) funds. The application deadline is January 31, 2012.
- FY2012 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines — Request for Proposals
These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows: Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; coalitions are funded up to $1,000,000 over three years), Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). The proposal deadline is November 28, 2011.
- Final FY2012 Brownfields Assessment Grant Guidelines (PDF) (57 pp, 340K)
- Final FY2012 Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant Guidelines (PDF) (51 pp, 303K)
- Final FY2012 Brownfields Cleanup Grant Guidelines (PDF) (59 pp, 341K)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (47 pp, 226K)