Brownfields 2003 Job Training Grant Fact Sheet
Oklahoma City, OK
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
The Oklahoma City Office of Workforce Development
was selected to receive a job training grant. Oklahoma
City (population 506,132) contains a federally designated
EZ (population 47,823), from which students will be
recruited. Most of the residents of the EZ are minorities
and more than 44% of EZ households have an income
below $15,000. The two major brownfields challenges
facing this community are the presence of clandestine
methamphetamine labs and a variety of
petroleum-contaminated sites. Environmental companies
are expanding their operations in the city, and this grant
will be used to train local residents for living wage jobs in
this growing business.
Job Training Grant
EPA has selected the Oklahoma City Office of
Workforce Development for a brownfields job
training grant. The Office of Workforce
Development anticipates training 110 participants,
achieving a 70% placement rate, and tracking
students for one year. The training program will
consist of seven 80-hour training cycles covering
hazardous materials handling and
methamphetamine lab remediation. Classes will be
held at the city's police and fire department
training campus. Candidates will be recruited from
residents of the city's Empowerment Zone (EZ).
Many of the priority brownfields identified when
the city initiated an EPA-funded Brownfields Pilot
are in or near the EZ. The Office of Workforce
Development has years of experience in placing
graduates in appropriate jobs.
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 6 Brownfields Team
(214) 665-6780
EPA Region 6 Brownfields Web site
(http://www.epa.gov/region6/bro wnfields )
Grant Recipient: City of Oklahoma City
(405) 297-3826
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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