Brownfields 1995 Assessment Pilot Fact Sheet
Los Angeles, CA
EPA Brownfields Initiative
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states,
communities, and other stakeholders 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.
EPA has selected the City of Los Angeles for a
Brownfields Pilot. The Pilot designation follows as part
of EPA's commitment to Los Angeles as a Brownfields
Showcase Community. Los Angeles is an ethnically
diverse city of more than 3.6 million citizens. In some
areas, nearly 40% of the population lives below the
poverty level and unemployment is higher than 17%.
The City has thousands of vacant parcels and underused
facilities along commercial and industrial corridors with
suspected contamination. A study conducted by the
City's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in
South Central Los Angeles found 344 potentially
contaminated sites within a three-mile radius. Because
these sites are located on industrially zoned property near
major transportation routes, their economic potential is
exceptional. The Alameda Corridor is a 20-mile route
between the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports and rail
distribution yards located southeast of the Los Angeles
Civic Center. Improvements in the Alameda Corridor are
expected to make the area more attractive to business and
promote brownfields redevelopment, local job creation,
and community revitalization.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 07/01/1998
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot targets brownfields located along
the 20-mile Alameda Corridor for assessment and
For further information, including specific grant
contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
news and events, and publications and links, visit the
EPA Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/region9/brownfields)
Grant Recipient: City of Los Angeles,CA
(213) 580-1045
Los Angeles' objective is to continue integrating
partnerships with Federal agencies, the community, and
others in the City's brownfields program. Productive
reuse of brownfields will include redevelopment, open
space, housing, education, job training, energy
efficiency, and social and environmental equity issues.
Los Angeles plans to accomplish its objective through
an interdepartmental team structure which will identify,
coordinate and target brownfields resources. The City
will encourage the use of State Voluntary Cleanup
Agreements when appropriate.
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
	Leveraging Los Angeles' designation as a
Brownfields Showcase Community to form new
Federal partnerships;
	Developing strategies and mechanisms to address
barriers to brownfields redevelopment, including
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
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using the Los Angeles Brownfields
Revitalization Fund and the Federal Brownfields
Tax Incentive;
	Documenting and integrating brownfields
lessons learned into the City's redevelopment
process; and
	Developing effective community participation
processes which are sensitive to environmental
justice issues based on recommendations of the
National Environmental Justice Advisory
The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet
been negotiated; therefore, activities described in this
fact sheet are subject to change.
The information presented in this fact sheet comes from
the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of
this information. The cooperative agreement for the
grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities
described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
Solid Waste
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Jul 98