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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 Grants

$350,000 for hazardous substances
$150,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee for three brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to inventory and select sites, and conduct approximately five Phase I and eight Phase II environmental site assessments. Community-wide petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct the same tasks at sites with potential petroleum contamination. Assessment activities will focus on the Harbor District. Site-specific hazardous substances grant funds will be used to complete a site investigation at 201 West Oklahoma Avenue. The 2.8-acre parcel housed a machine shop, and zinc and aluminum die cast foundry for approximately 63 years. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities.

Cleanup Grants

$200,000 for hazardous substances
$200,000 for petroleum

EPA has selected the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee for two brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the 1.6-acre site located at 1330 West Center Street. The site has a history of residential, manufacturing, and commercial uses, and has been vacant since 1976. Soil and groundwater at the site are contaminated with volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and metals. Petroleum grant funds will be used to clean up the roughly one-acre site at 2642 West Hopkins Street. The site was formerly occupied by both residential and commercial buildings, including a service station and a paint store, and has been used as a parking lot since 1980. It is contaminated with petroleum substances. Grant funds of both types will be used to oversee site cleanups and support community involvement 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 5 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-illinois-indiana-michigan-minnesota-ohio-and)

Grant Recipient: Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, WI

Cleanup Grant: 1330 West Center Street

Cleanup Grant: 2642 West Hopkins Street

Assessment Grant: Community-wide Assessment

Assessment Grant: 201 W. Oklahoma Ave

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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