Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

       Springfield,  MA

EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up,
and sustainably reuse brownfields. Abrownfield site is
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. On January 11, 2002, President George
W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability
Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the
Brownfields Law, EPA provides financial assistance to
eligible applicants through four competitive grant
programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants,
cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally,
funding support is provided to state and tribal response
programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The City of Springfield was selected to receive an
assessment grant.  Springfield has a population of
152,082 and a citywide poverty rate of 23 percent.
Eight Springfield neighborhoods are included in a
federally designated Enterprise Community, and all of
the areas slated for assessment are in the Enterprise
Community. The poverty rate of Enterprise Community
neighborhoods is 44 percent, and 56 of the 75 sites
included in the city's 2002 brownfields inventory are
located in Enterprise Community neighborhoods.
                                 Assessment Grant    (joop
                                 $200,000 for hazardous substances
                                 $200,000 for petroleum

                                 EPA has selected the City of Springfield for a
                                 brownfields assessment grant. The city has
                                 identified two high-priority sites on Walnut Street
                                 in the Old Hill and Six Corners neighborhoods for
                                 hazardous substances assessment, and two high-
                                 priority sites in the Memorial Square neighbor-
                                 hood that will be assessed for possible petroleum
                                 contamination. Grant funds will be used for
                                 Phase I and II site assessments, to update the
                                 city's brownfields inventory, and for community
                                 outreach activities.
                                 For further information, including specific grant
                                 contacts, additional grant information,
                                 brownfields news and events, and publications
                                 and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

                                 EPA Region 1 Brownfields Team
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                                 Grant Recipient: City of Springfield, MA

                                 Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the City
                                 of Springfield has received brownfields funding for
                                 assessment grants.

                                 The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                 negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                                 are subject to change.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                       June 2003