The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $254.5 million in brownfield grants to 256 communities, and Pennsylvania is the recipient of $7.3 million of those funds to focus on brownfields cleanup, assessment and community revitalization of nine sites in eight distinct communities.
Among the recipients is the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority, which received a $300,000 appraisal grant. Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct 12 Phase I and 6 Phase II environmental site assessments in target areas of the Bucks County Enterprise Zone and the Borough of Sellersville.
Montgomery County will receive additional funding from the $1 million revolving loan fund. Additional grant funds will be used to provide loans and sub-grants to county entities for cleanup of contaminated sites. The primary target area for additional funds is Pottstown.
Northampton County will receive additional funding from the $3 million revolving loan fund. Additional grant funds will be used to provide loans and sub-grants for cleaning up contaminated sites in the Bethlehem target area.
“The funding provided to Pennsylvania communities is part of a dedicated national effort to turn contaminated and potentially hazardous sites into productive properties that provide new jobs and opportunities,” said Adam Ortiz, EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator. . “EPA Brownfields Grants not only provide funding to assess and clean up contaminated properties, they help rejuvenate local communities and overcome the economic, environmental, public health, and social issues associated with brownfields. .”
The grants are backed by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which provides a total of $1.5 billion to advance environmental justice, spur economic revitalization and create jobs by cleaning up brownfields that are contaminated, polluted or dangerous.