United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
  Solid Waste
  and Emergency
  Response (5101)
     May 2000
 <>EPA      Brownfields  Cleanup
                       Revolving  Loan   Fund  Pilot
                                                                         Gretna,  LA
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, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse
brownfields. A brownfield is a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and an active potential for
redevelopment or reuse. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two
years), to assess brownfields sites and to test cleanup and redevelopment models; 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
programs (each funded up to $500,000 over five years) to capitalize loan funds to make loans 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.

The  City of Gretna is a small, 160-year old city,
combining historic neighborhoods with an industrial
riverfront corridor. The City has targeted this riverfront
corridor for revitalization. Within Gretna, 30 percent of
all residents live below the poverty level.  Minority
residents, many of whom live along  the riverfront
corridor, comprise almost 40 percent of the population.
The shortage of available land in Gretna, a city three-
square miles in size, makes the re-use of brownfields
imperative. Gretna is an EPA Brownfields Assessment
Pilot  and has developed an  inventory of potential
brownfield sites.


Gretna's BCRLF objectives include the creation of new
jobs,  an increase in tax revenues, the reduction of
pollution levels,  and the involvement of multiple
stakeholders in land use decisions. Several potential
borrowers  and sites have been identified along the
riverfront near minority communities.  The City also
will market the BCRLF program to business owners
who may own or wish to redevelop small brownfield

Mayor of Gretna

                    Date of Announcement:
                    May 2000

                    Amount: $500,000

                    BCRLF Target Area:
                    Riverfront Corridor
                    Gretna, Louisiana
Region 6 BCRLF
(214) 665-6688
      Visit the EPA Region 6 Brownfields web site at:

For further information, including specific Pilot contacts, additional
 Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and publications
     and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:


The City of Gretna will serve as lead agency and the
Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission
will act as fund manager. The City of Gretna will serve
as site  manager  and will work closely with  the
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to
fulfill these responsibilities.


The US Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans Office
and the  City  are working to develop a cost sharing
arrangement that would provide up to 50 percent of
cleanup  costs  at priority sites.  State  capital outlay
grants are another likely source of cleanup funds. To
further leverage the BCRLF, Gretna may consider the
use of US Department of Transportation funds and US
Department of Housing and Urban Development's
Community  Development  Block   Grant   funds,
Brownfields Economic Development Initiative funds,
Economic Development Initiative funds, and Section
108  funds. In  addition,  the  City will  examine
redevelopment assistance from the US Department of
Agriculture Rural Development program. The State of
Louisiana has indicated its willingness to provide funds
to Gretna from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan
Fund. The City also is actively examining  other
possible  funding  sources.  Developers of targeted
brownfield sites also are eligible for two  state tax
incentive programs. The Gretna BCRLF will market the
Federal brownfield tax incentive program as another
tool for prospective borrowers to utilize.

Use of BCRLF Pilot funds must be in accordance with
CERCLA, and all CERCLA restrictions on use of funding
also apply to BCRLF funds.
Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Pilot                                                     Gretna, Louisiana
May 2000                                                                               EPA500-F-00-142