Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

  Rich land Center,  I/I//

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. Addi-
tionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal
response programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The City of Richland Center was selected to receive a
revolving loan fund grant. The city (population 5,114) is
the seat of Richland County, located within a Wisconsin
Community Development Zone. To offset the impact
of the area's declining farming and lumber operations
and a decline in population, the city is pursuing the
redevelopment of its old industrial area. Historically,
Richland Center's old industrial corridor was the site of
heavy industry and commercial operations. These
facilities left a legacy of contamination, abandoned
structures, and a deteriorating housing stock. The
average income in the county is under $16,000, or 69
percent of the national average, and almost 13 percent
of the population lives below the poverty line. Cleanup
and revitalization of the properties along the corridor is
                                 Revolving Loan Fund
                                 $1,000,000 for hazardous substances

                                 EPA has selected the City of Richland Center for
                                 a brownfields revolving loan fund grant. The
                                 grant will be used to capitalize a revolving loan
                                 fund from which Richland Center will provide
                                 loans and subgrants to conduct cleanup activities.
                                 The city is focusing on cleanup and revitalization
                                 in a redevelopment corridor with widespread soil,
                                 surface water, and groundwater contamination.
                                 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 5 Brownfields Team

                                 Grant Recipient: City of Richland Center

                                 Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the City
                                 of Richland Center has not received brownfields grant

                                 The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                 negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                                 are subject to change.
                               expected to bring better housing and living conditions to
                               the local residents, raise property values, and attract
                               new businesses and jobs to the community.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                       June 2003