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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.
Background
EPA has selected Impact Services Corporation for a
Brownfields Job Training and Development
Demonstration Pilot. Impact Services Corporation will
concentrate its workforce development efforts in the City
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is a Brownfields
Assessment Demonstration Pilot.
The Job Training Pilot will target a distressed area in
North Central Philadelphia with a population of 117,000.
The area encompasses the American Street
Empowerment Zone and the North American Street
Champion Community. The area's population is 58%
minority and suffers from a 40% poverty rate, 20%
unemployment rate, and an estimated 60% high school
dropout rate. The City as a whole lost 67% of its
manufacturing jobs between 1974 and 1994. Much of
this job loss was in the residential neighborhoods that are
part of the target area. This area is characterized by large
vacant lots, abandoned commercial and industrial
buildings, and deteriorating row houses. The efforts of
Philadelphia to assess and clean up brownfields and
address the lack of trained environmental technicians
indicate a need for training.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 08/01/1998
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot targets unemployed and
disadvantaged residents of the American Street
Empowerment Zone and the North American Street
Champion Community.
Contacts
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 3 Brownfields Team
(215)814-3129
EPA Region 3 Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/reg3hwmd/bf-lr)
Grant Recipient: Impact Services Corporation,
Philadelphia, PA
(215)739-0243
Objectives
Impact Services Corporation plans to train 30 students
with the EPA grant, achieve an 80% placement rate, and
track students for one year. Participants to be targeted
are disadvantaged residents of the American Street
Empowerment Zone and the North American Street
Champion Community. The Pilot training program will
consist of a 12-week environmental technician training
curriculum that will include courses in the use of
innovative assessment, cleanup, and mapping
technologies. The training efforts of Impact Services
Corporation will be supported by organizations such as
the Philadelphia Commerce Department, Philadelphia
Private Industry Council, and New Kensington
Community Development Corporation.
Activities
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
EPA 500-F-98-240
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	Developing a curriculum for brownfields
assessment and cleanup;
	Conducting environmental technician training,
including courses in the use of innovative
assessment, cleanup, and mapping technologies;
 Conducting outreach to recruit unemployed and
disadvantaged residents of the American Street
Empowerment Zone and the North American
Street Champion Community.
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.
and
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
Solid Waste
EPA 500-F-98-240
Aug 98

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