United States
                       Environmental
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response  (5105)
  EPA 500-F-01-285
  April 2001
  www.epa.gov/brownfields/
  &EPA        EPA  Brownfields
                       Assessment
                       Demonstration  Pilot
                             Puerto Rico Infrastructure Financing Authority
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                   Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields  Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states, communities,  and other
stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, and safely clean up
brownfields to promote their sustainable reuse.  Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and
commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or  perceived environmental
contamination. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years,
with additional funding provided for greenspace) to test assessment models and facilitate coordinated assessment
and cleanup efforts at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels; and job training pilot programs (each funded up to
$200,000 over two years) to provide training for residents of communities affected by brownfields to facilitate cleanup
of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental field; and, cleanup revolving loan
fund program (each funded up to $1,000,000  over five years) to provide financial assistance for the environmental
cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states, tribes, municipalities, and
communities with useful information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods to promote a unified
approach to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.

BACKGROUND
EPA has selected the Puerto Rico Infrastructure
Financing Authority for a Brownfields Assessment
Pilot. The Infrastructure Financing Authority, aPuerto
Rico government agency, seeks to revitalize the
Route 127 industrial corridor as an adjunct to the
Puerto Rico Transshipment Port Project, which will
result in a new deep-draft, container transshipment
port in the Caribbean. The Route 127 corridor,
which runs from Guayanilla to Punuelas, the two
communities that will be most influenced by the new
port, is the area targeted by the Pilot.

During the energy crisis of the 1970s, many operations
in the corridor closed and those  that remained
reduced their level of productivity. Some properties
in the corridor suspected to be contaminated have
been idle for more than twenty years, with no apparent
prospect for redevelopment. The economic decline
of the corridor has contributed to the economic
distress of families in the Pilot area. The unemployment
rate is 25 percent in some parts of the corridor, and
two-thirds of the  families live below the poverty
level. Medianfamilyincomeisapproximately$8,500.
                                               PILOT SNAPSHOT
Puerto Rico Infrastructure
Financing Authority
 Date of Announcement:
 April 2001

 Amount: $100,000

 Profile: The Pilot targets three
 abandoned industrialfacilities in
 the Route 127 industrial corridor
 for assessment and eventual
 redevelopmentintofacilitiesthat
 would supporta newdeep-draft
 international port.
Contacts:

Puerto Rico Infrastructure
Financing Authority
(787)763-5757
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 2
(212)637-4314
     Visit the E PA Region 2 Brownfields web site at:
    http://www.epa.gov/r02earth/superfnd/brownfld/
               bfmainpg.htm

    Forfurther information, including specific Pilot contacts,
 additional Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and
 publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:
         http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/


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OBJECTIVES

The Infrastructure Financing Authority's objective is
to develop brownfields into facilities that would
support activities of the port, once it is operational.
As part of this effort, the Pilot plans to inventory and
characterize each parcel along the corridor, complete
a site assessment and prepare a complete profile on
one parcel, andconductcommunity involvement.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Creating an inventory and initial assessment of
  each parcel in the corridor;

 Conducting  a  complete environmental  site
  assessment and developing a Parcel Profile for one
  site (selected from three that have been identified
  as priorities in the corridor); and

 Instituting vigorous citizen  outreach  and
  involvement, including formation of a Pilot Proj ect
  AdvisoryCommitteethatwouldincludecommunity
  members.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated;
therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
 Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot                                  Puerto Rico Infrastructure Financing Authority
 April 2001                                                                           EPA500-F-01-285

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