Brownfields  2003

 Grant Fact  Sheet

      Lehigh Valley Economic
Development Corporation, Lehigh
  and Northampton Counties, PA

 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 Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
 (EDC) was selected to receive an assessment grant.
 The Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative, estab-
 lished as a department of the development corporation
 to promote brownfields redevelopment throughout the
 area, has identified 72  sites for potential assessment,
 cleanup, and redevelopment in Lehigh and
 Northampton Counties. Sites will be selected for
 assessment based on economic distress of the im-
 pacted communities, environmental justice issues, and
 location within state-designated Keystone Opportunity
 Zones. Poverty rates in the areas surrounding priority
                      Assessment Grant
                      $200, 000 for hazardous substances
                      EPA has selected the Lehigh Valley Economic
                      Development Corporation for a brownfields
                      assessment grant. Grant funds will be used to
                      conduct Phase I and Phase II assessments of a
                      former railroad facility, two former textile mills,
                      and a former incinerator in the municipalities of
                      Bethlehem, Slatington, Bangor, and Easton.
                      Grant funds also will be used for greenspace and
                      redevelopment planning and community out-
                      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 3 Brownfields Team

                      Grant Recipient: Lehigh Valley Economic Devel-
                      opment Corporation, PA

                      Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the
                      Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation 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.
                    sites range up to 32 percent. The target communities
                    also have minority populations and unemployment rates
                    that exceed county averages. Lehigh Valley EDC's
                    brownfields redevelopment efforts are intended to
                    create jobs, leverage private investment, increase the
                    local tax base, and preserve greenspace.
                      Solid Waste and
                      Emergency Response
                                                                        June 2003