Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program empowers states, municipalities, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse underutilized lands. 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 was passed in 2002, to help states and communities 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.
In 2019, the U.S. EPA awarded a Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and its partners, the South Florida Regional Council and Palm Beach County. The assessment grant funds will be used to inventory, characterize, and test potential Brownfield sites in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties.