United States
                      Protection Agency
                      Washington, D.C. 20460
                        Solid Waste
                        and Emergency
June 1999
Brownfields  Assessment
Demonstration   Pilot
                            Orange Township, NJ
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5101)
                                           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 brownfieldstofacilitatecleanupofbrownfieldssites and preparetrainees for future employmentintheenvironmental
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.

EPAhas selected Orange Township for aBrownfields
Pilot.  Orange Township is highly  urbanized and
densely populated, with more than 33,000 residents
living in 2.2 square miles of space. The city's poverty
rate of 30 percent is the second-highest in Essex
County, while its per capita  income  is less than
$13,000. Sixty-four percent of the city's population is
African American. The New Jersey Municipal Data
Index lists Orange Township as one  of the most
distressed communities in the state. Low education
levels and job skills, combined with  cultural and
language barriers encountered by Orange's growing
immigrant community, make it difficult for residents
to find well-paying jobs.

Like other inner cities, Orange  has seen its
infrastructure deteriorate as residents and employers
moved  out to surrounding suburban communities.
The city has been left with abandoned buildings,
vacant lots, and the resulting environmental and social
problems. There are dozens of known  or suspected
brownfields sites within Orange's boundaries.
                         Orange Township, New Jersey
  Date of Announcement:
  June 1999

  Amount: $200,000

  Profile:  The Pilot targets
  seven city-owned sites within
  Orange  Township,  an
  urbanized community and
  one of the most distressed
  cities in New Jersey.

                        City of Orange Township
                        (973) 266-4005
 Regional Brownfields Team
 U.S. EPA - Region 2
                              Visit the EPA Region 2 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 Pilot's objective is to assess seven city-owned
brownfields  to facilitate  their cleanup  and
redevelopment. Through the joint efforts of the Pilot
and the city's holistic, community-driven approach to
brownfields and environmental justice issues, the city
plans to improve Orange's economic and environmental
conditions, empower the community, and stimulate
private  investment  in  brownfields.   The city's
brownfields initiative relies on strong community
involvement, uses innovative assessment and cleanup
technologies,  and promotes sustainable cleanup


Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Developing a detailed inventory of brownfields sites
 within the city;

 Performing environmental assessments on seven
 targeted sites owned by the city;

 Creating cleanup and redevelopment plans for the
 targeted sites, and encouraging the use of innovative
 technologies during cleanup; and

 Working with community stakeholders to involve
 them in the Pilot's planning and implementation.
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                                       Orange Township, New Jersey
 June 1999                                                                         EPA500-F-99-116