Brownfields 2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

   East Hampton, CT

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. A brownfield 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 con-
taminant. 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 Town of East Hampton was selected to receive an
assessment grant. This rural town of 11,300 people sits
on the Connecticut River, which is an American
Heritage River. The town's economy shifted from
shipbuilding to manufacturing during the 1800s, and
East Hampton became a major industrial center of the
Northeast. The probability of contamination at many
properties has hindered economic development in the
town. Per capita income is lower than state and
county averages, and job growth recently has been
only half the statewide rate. The assessment of high-
priority brownfields will spur sustainable redevelopment
of the town's industrial areas, remove blight, help
preserve existing open space and river quality, and
reduce potential health risks of people in targeted
                                 Assessment Grant
                                 $175, 000 for hazardous substances
                                 EPA has selected the Town of East Hampton for
                                 a brownfields assessment grant. The town has
                                 identified 20 potential brownfields sites that will be
                                 investigated through this grant. Grant funds will
                                 be used to prepare an inventory of brownfields
                                 sites and help the community prioritize sites for
                                 further assessment. Grant funds also will be used
                                 to conduct Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III
                                 assessments on a vacant manufacturing site;
                                 conduct Phase I assessments on three or four
                                 other sites identified during the inventory; and
                                 conduct 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

                                 Grant Recipient: Town of East Hampton, CT

                                 Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the Town
                                 of East Hampton has not received brownfields grant funding.

                                 The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                 negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are
                                 subject to change.
                               areas. Recently, the community identified the
                               brownfields sites as a major impediment to removing
                               East Hampton's blight and improving the economic
                               base. The Town will continue to solicit citizen input
                               through town hall meetings.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                       EPA 500-F-03-087
                                                       June 2003