United States
                       Environmental
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
  Solid Waste
  and Emergency
  Response (5101)
   EPA500-F-00-155
   May 2000
   www.epa.gov/brownfields/
  <>EPA     Brownfields  Cleanup
                        Revolving  Loan   Fund   Pilot
                                              Northampton County,  PA
 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.
BACKGROUND

Northampton County is part of the Lehigh Valley region
of Pennsylvania. Since the mid-1700s, the Lehigh Valley
region has engaged in a wide range of economic
activities. Agriculture, rail construction, mining, iron
production, steel making,  textile production, and the
slate and cement industry activities have contributed to
the  local economy.   Economic cycles and  industry
downturns over the years have led to massive lay-offs
and site abandonment.   The regional poverty rate is 7
percent, with the poverty in certain boroughs reaching
almost 15 percent.  Approximately 26 percent of the
population has not graduated from high school. Over 75
potential redevelopment sites, totaling 1,100 acres, in 3 0
municipalities, have  been  identified and targeted for
brownfields redevelopment. Northampton County is a
Brownfields Assessment Pilot.

BCRLF OBJECTIVES

Northampton's BCRLF goals include:

    Revitalization of underutilized properties while
    protecting the environment;

    Revitalization of the tax base;
PILOT SNAPSHOT
                  Date of Announcement:
                  May 2000

                  Amount: $500,000

                  BCRLF Target Area: Northampton
                  County
Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Contacts:

Northampton County
Department of Community
and Economic Development
(610)559-3200
Region 3 BCRLF
Coordinator

(215)814-3246
      Visit the EPA Region 3 Brownfields web site at:
     www.epa.gov/region03/waste/brown/index.htm

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:
          http://www.epa.gov/brownfields

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   Provision of a business-friendly environment
    and resident input into community
    development; and

    Creation of viable development that
    discourages sprawl.

Many of the identified sites are located in Keystone
Opportunity Zones and/or Enterprise Zones.

FUND STRUCTURE AND OPERATIONS

Northampton County will act as lead agency. A site
manager and fund manager will be designated. The
County expects to provide loans in amounts ranging
from $100,000 to $200,000 and with loan terms of
between two and seven years.

LEVERAGING OTHER RESOURCES

Since many of the identified brownfields  sites in
Northampton  County  are located   in  Keystone
Opportunity Zones  and  the Enterprise Zone, the
Northampton BCRLF will be used in conjunction with
these special designations to  allow a variety of tax
abatement applications. The Pilot also will consider
supplemental  loan  and   grant funding  from the
Northampton  County  Industrial  Development
Authority,  the  Northampton County  and  Loan
Development  Fund,   the  Northampton  Industrial
Development  Corporation,  and  the  Pennsylvania
Industrial  Sites  Reuse Program.    Additionally, the
BCRLF award will be leveraged through the provision
of services provided by the County.
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                                        Northampton County, Pennsylvania
 May 2000	EPA 500-F-00-155

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