Petroleum Brownfields contact Kevin Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) 312-886-6087
State UST Brownfields
For other Region 5 Petroleum Brownfields projects, visit OUST's UST fields projects
In January 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act ("Brownfields Law") was signed into law. Brownfields are "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." The Brownfields law expands the original EPA Brownfields program by including relatively low-risk petroleum sites as eligible sites for Brownfields assessment and cleanup grant funding. It also allotted 25 percent of the funding strictly for petroleum brownfields cleanup and assessment. Prior to this enactment, petroleum sites were ineligible for Brownfields grants funding. In 2003, EPA awarded $73.1 million in Brownfields grants. Close to $23 million in Brownfields grants was awarded to assess and clean up petroleum-contaminated sites. Recipients include abandoned sites such as gas stations, industrial and retail properties that contain, or are perceived to contain, contamination from petroleum.
Region 5 received $22 million in Brownfields grants for FY2003 which represents 30 percent of the total Brownfields money awarded. Over $5.5 million was awarded to Region 5 for petroleum-contaminated sites which represents 26 percent of total Brownfields grant money received by Region 5.
The Petroleum Brownfields programs in Region 5 have had many success stories. Sherman Perk is one of the Region's most recognized sites. This site was a former abandoned gas station that is now a successful coffee shop.