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EPA Brownfields Program
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
Community Description
Groundwork Providence, Inc. (GWP) of Providence, RI
was selected to receive a job training grant. The focus of
the grant is the City of Pawtucket (population 72,958).
The target neighborhoods for job training are the four
federally designated Enterprise Communities (EC) in the
city. These communities are home to 60% of the city's
Hispanic population and 68% of the African-American
population. Approximately 30% of Pawtucket's
households are over 150% below the poverty line. About
25 properties in the city are being considered for
economic development or historic preservation. In
addition, a new state program offers tax incentives to
businesses that occupy and reuse vacant mill properties.
These developments, and Pawtucket's involvement in the
Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund partnership with the
state, have created the potential for brownfields-related
jobs for EC residents with the appropriate environmental
Job Training Grant
EPA has selected Groundwork Providence, Inc.
for a job training grant. GWP plans to train 75
students, graduate 90% of trainees, achieve at
least a 75% placement rate, and track students
through their employers for one year. The training
program will consist of 154 hours of classroom,
laboratory, and hands-on experience in hazardous
waste and safety training, lead and asbestos
abatement, confined space entry, and
environmental chemistry and safety. Students will
be recruited from the residents of the four
Enterprise Communities in the City of Pawtucket.
Placement in environmental jobs will be facilitated
by GWP programs for identifying employment
opportunities and establishing community hiring
agreements with local and regional employers.
For further information, including specific grant
contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
news and events, and publications and links, visit
the EPA Brownfields Web site
EPA Region 1 Brownfields Team
(617) 918-1424
EPA Region 1 Brownfields Web site
(http://www.epa.gov/regionl/bro wnfields )
Grant Recipient: Groundwork Providence Inc.,
Providence, RI
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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