Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

       Merrimack  Valley

   Planning Commission,

         Northeast 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. 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 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 Merrimack Valley was selected to receive an
assessment grant.  The Merrimack Valley Planning
Commission (MVPC) is a public, nonprofit regional
planning agency that serves 15 cities and towns in
northeast Massachusetts, 13 of which will be targeted
for assistance under this grant. The Merrimack Valley
region, known as the "birthplace of the American
Industrial Revolution," is a federally designated Eco-
nomic Development District. The area faces numerous
problems that hamper economic development. Key
among these problems is real or perceived environmen-
tal contamination at many commercial and industrial
sites throughout the valley. MVPC has a strong
                                 Assessment Grant
                                 $200,000 for hazardous substances
                                 $200,000 for petroleum

                                 EPA has selected the Merrimack Valley Planning
                                 Commission for a brownfields assessment grant.
                                 Grant funds will used to develop a brownfields
                                 program, create a comprehensive brownfields
                                 inventory and database, evaluate and prioritize
                                 sites for assessment and redevelopment, perform
                                 Phase I and II site assessments, and support an
                                 ongoing public involvement program. A number
                                 of prospective sites have been identified that may
                                 be contaminated with petroleum and hazardous
                                 substances related to past uses as mill yards and
                                 manufacturing facilities.
                                 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: Merrimack Valley Planning
                                 Commission, MA

                                 Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the
                                 MVPC has not received funding for brownfields grants.
                                 Two towns within Merrimack Valley have received
                                 brownfields funding. The Town of Lawrence has received
                                 brownfields funding for assessment and revolving loan fund
                                 grants, and the Town of Methuen 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.
                               community outreach program, which will continue
                               throughout the project.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                       June 2003