EPA Grants For Petroleum Brownfield Properties
In January 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was signed into law. This law expanded the original EPA Brownfields program by including relatively low-risk petroleum sites as eligible sites for Brownfields assessment and cleanup grant funding. By law, EPA must make available 25 percent of the total Brownfields grant funds each year for the assessment and/or cleanup of relatively low-risk petroleum-contaminated sites. Grant recipients include abandoned sites such as gas stations and industrial and retail properties that contain, or are perceived to contain, contamination from petroleum. For more information on the EPA Brownfields program, visit the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization website.
For petroleum-contaminated sites to be eligible for Brownfields grant funds, EPA or a state must determine that:
- The sites are of relatively low-risk compared with other petroleum-only sites in the state;
- The sites have no viable responsible party;
- The funding will be used by a party that is not potentially liable for the petroleum contamination to assess, investigate, or clean up the site; and
- The site must not be subject to a corrective action order under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) §9003(h).
EPA Petroleum Brownfields Grants
Each year EPA issues new Brownfields grant guidelines for its Brownfields grants. Eligible grant entities may apply for assessment, cleanup, and/or revolving loan Brownfields grants. Review the section of the guidelines titled “Contamination by Petroleum or Petroleum Product” for the eligibility of petroleum sites for funding. A number of entities, including states and local governments, are eligible to apply for petroleum Brownfields grants. For additional information on Brownfields grants, browse the most recent version of the Brownfields Grant Guideline Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF) (45 pp, 152K, About PDF).
List Of EPA Brownfields Grants Recipients
To find a list of petroleum Brownfield grant recipients, browse the “Brownfields Grant Factsheet Search”. Searches of awarded grants can be conducted by recipient name, keyword, state/territory, type, announcement year(s), and EPA Region(s).
For general information on petroleum brownfields, see Basic Information On Petroleum Brownfields.
For more information on petroleum brownfields, contact Steven McNeely of the EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks at:
phone: (703) 603-7164
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Mail Code: 5401P
Washington, DC 20460