Brownfields 2002 Job Training Pilot Fact Sheet
Concurrent Technologies Corp., Charleston, SC
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 Concurrent Technologies Corporation
in Charleston, South Carolina, for a Brownfields Job
Training and Development Demonstration Pilot. The
City of Charleston is the recipient of a Brownfields
Assessment Pilot and a Brownfields Cleanup Revolving
Loan Fund Pilot. The Job Training Pilot will focus on the
City of Charleston's federal Enterprise Community,
which is located near the city's historic district.
Approximately 22,500 people live in the Enterprise
Community, 80 percent of whom are African American.
The poverty rate in the Enterprise Community is greater
then 45 percent and the unemployment rate is over 12
percent. Of the 2,000 families with children in the
Enterprise Community, two-thirds are headed by single
The Enterprise Community has experienced the growth
and decline of several industries since the Civil War,
including fertilizer manufacturing, lumber treatment, and
pulp and paper manufacturing. The Charleston Naval
Base, which employed many in the area, closed in 1994,
resulting in higher unemployment and the decline of
many small manufacturing operations. Over 100
brownfields have been identified within the Enterprise
Community. The Department of Defense plans a $30
million restoration of Charleston Naval Base. The
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 05/01/2000
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot will train 60 participants as
environmental technicians. Students will be recruited
from low-income residents of the City's Enterprise
Community, which has suffered economically from
the closing of the Charleston Naval Base and the
presence of over 100 brownfields created by past
industrial 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
(http ://www .epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 4 Brownfields Team
(404) 562-8792
EPA Region 4 Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/region4/waste/bf)
Grant Recipient: Concurrent Technologies Corp.,
Charleston, SC
(843) 744-2829
Concurrent Technologies plans to train 60 participants,
achieve an 80 percent placement rate, and support
career placement of graduates for one year after the
training is completed. Participants will be recruited from
low-income residents of the Enterprise Community. The
Pilot training program will consist of 40 hours of
sampling and basic math, 30 hours of OSHA general
industry standards for safety and health, 40 hours of
HAZWOPER, eight hours of heavy equipment
operation and safety, and 24 hours of innovative
technology courses. In addition, eight students will be
provided the opportunity to take the Commercial
Driver's License course at the conclusion of the
environmental technician training.
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environmental industry in Charleston is a growing
industry and major environmental firms have indicated
that they would be adding environmental technicians to
their staff over the next couple of years.
Concurrent Technologies' training efforts will be
supported by organizations such as Trident Technical
College, the Medical University of South Carolina,
Innovative Alternatives for Women, Partners for
Employment Program, and Youth Services Charleston.
The training program will offer opportunities to take
advanced training and earn credits towards a college
degree. The City offers employers incentives to hire
local residents.
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
•	Conducting outreach to recruit low-income
residents of the City of Charleston's Enterprise
•	Conducting brownfields technician training,
including courses in the use of innovative
assessment and cleanup technologies; and
•	Supporting career placement of students for one
year after the job training is completed.
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.
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