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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. The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018, was passed to help states and communities around the country clean up and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this 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.

Assessment Grant

$200,000 for hazardous substances

EPA has selected the City of Rochester for a brownfields assessment grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct 12 Phase I and 12 Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to identify priority brownfield sites, select sites for assessment, and support community outreach activities. Assessment activities will focus on the four New York State approved Brownfield Opportunity Areas in Rochester.

Cleanup Grant

$200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Rochester for a brownfields cleanup grant. Petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up the vacant site at 121-123 Reynolds Street. The roughly 0.2-acre site was formerly two separate tax parcels. One parcel previously contained a single family home, and the other has been used as a gasoline station and for wagon and automobile repair operations. The parcels were combined in 2008, when the city acquired the parcels through tax foreclosure. The site contained four underground storage tanks that were removed in 2011, and the soil is contaminated with petroleum products. Grant funds also will be used for post-cleanup monitoring, establishing institutional and engineering controls, and community engagement 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 2 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 2 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-new-jersey-new-york-puerto-rico-and-us-virgin)

Grant Recipient: City of Rochester, NY

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.

April 2018
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Management (5105T)

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