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Brownfields 1998 Job Training Pilot Fact Sheet
Richmond Employment and Training Department, Richmond, 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.
Background
EPA has selected the Richmond Employment and
Training Department for a Brownfields Job Training and
Development Demonstration Pilot. The Richmond
Employment and Training Department will concentrate
its workforce development efforts in the City of
Richmond, California, which is a Brownfields
Assessment Demonstration Pilot.
The Job Training Pilot will target welfare-to-work and
other disadvantaged residents of neighborhoods
surrounding the 900-acre North Richmond Shoreline.
The target area encompasses the distressed Parchester
Village, Southside, and Iron Triangle neighborhoods.
The demise of shipbuilding and other heavy industry in
Richmond has contributed to entrenched poverty and
persistently high unemployment in these neighborhoods.
The target area is characterized by a mixture of
low-income residential communities and vacant or aging
heavy industrial properties. The poverty rate is 38% in
the target area and the unemployment rate is four times
higher than the average rate of the San Francisco Bay
area. Targeted residents are 67% African American, 16%
Hispanic, and 6% Asian/Pacific Islander. The efforts of
Richmond to assess and clean up brownfields, along with
high unemployment rates in targeted neighborhoods,
indicate a need for environmental training.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 08/01/1998
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot targets welfare-to-work and other
disadvantaged residents of the distressed Parchester
Village, Southside, and Iron Triangle neighborhoods,
which are adjacent to the North Richmond Shoreline.
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 9 Brownfields Team
(415)972-3091
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/region9/brownfields)
Grant Recipient: Richmond, CA
(510) 307-8019
Objectives
The City of Richmond plans to train 45 students with
the EPA grant, achieve a 70% placement rate, and track
students for up to one year. Participants to be targeted
will be welfare-to-work and other disadvantaged
residents of neighborhoods surrounding the North
Richmond Shoreline. The Pilot training will consist of a
13-week curriculum, including training in the use of
innovative assessment and cleanup technologies. The
training efforts of the City of Richmond will be
supported by organizations such as the Richmond
WORKS One Stop Career Center, Contra Costa Social
Services Department, and Richmond Community
Enrichment Initiative.
Activities
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
 Developing a curriculum for brownfields
assessment and cleanup;
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
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	Conducting brownfields assessment and cleanup
training, including courses in the use of
innovative assessment and cleanup technologies;
and
	Conducting outreach to recruit welfare-to-work
and other disadvantaged residents of
neighborhoods surrounding the North Richmond
Shoreline.
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
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
Solid Waste
EPA 500-F-98-247
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