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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 cleanup 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.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant funds are provided to nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities to recruit, train, and place residents from solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities, including low-income and minority, unemployed, and underemployed individuals. To date, EPA has funded 288 job training grants totaling over $60 million through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. As of May 2018, more than 17,100 individuals have completed training, and of those, almost 12,500 have obtained employment in the environmental field, an average starting wage of over $14 an hour. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 73% since the program was created in 1998.

Job Training Grant

$200,000

EPA has selected Full Employment Council, Inc. for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. Full Employment Council, Inc. plans to train 50 students and place at least 35 graduates in environmental jobs. The core training program includes 288 hours of instruction in 40-hour HAZWOPER, OSHA hazardous materials handling, lead abatement awareness, asbestos remediation awareness, truck driving CDL-A for removal/transport of toxic materials, truck driving CDL-A for removal/transport of toxic materials, and hazardous materials endorsement for CDL. Participants who complete the training will earn two state certifications and three federal certifications. Full Employment Council, Inc. is targeting economically disadvantaged adult and youth, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, and minority residents of neighborhoods impacted by brownfields in Kansas City, Missouri. Key partners include the Kansas City Planning and Development Department, Metropolitan Community College, reStart, Inc., the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City, Burns McDonnell, Tetra Tech, Inc., New Horizons, SCS Engineers, Olsson Associates, Wilson and Company, Professional Service Industries, Inc., Mustardseed Cultural and Environmental Services LLC, and Blackstone Environmental.

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 7 Brownfields Team
913-551-7786
EPA Region 7 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-iowa-kansas-missouri-nebraska-and-nine-tribal)

Grant Recipient: Full Employment Council, Inc., MO
816-471-2330

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.


 
EPA 560-F-18-158
April 2018
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Emergency
Management (5105T)

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