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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 Hunters Point Family for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. Hunters Point Family plans to train 54 students and place at least 43 graduates in environmental jobs. The core training program includes 256 hours of instruction in 40-hour HAZWOPER, OSHA construction health and safety, OSHA asbestos worker, lead worker, CPR/first aid/AED, confined space, and mold awareness. Participants who complete the training will earn four federal certifications and one state certification. Hunters Point Family is targeting unemployed and underemployed, low-income residents of Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley in San Francisco, California. Key partners include Young Community Developers, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development's CityBuild program, and Northern California Laborer's Local 67.

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
213-244-1821
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-and-land-revitalization-california-arizona-nevada-and-hawaii)

Grant Recipient: Hunters Point Family, CA
415-822-8894

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-18-156
April 2018
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Land and
Emergency
Management (5105T)

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