In 2020, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District was awarded a $300,000 brownfield assessment grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These funds allow the NKADD to inventory, assess, and conduct cleanup planning on brownfield sites throughout the Northern Kentucky region.
The NKADD also administers a brownfield revolving loan fund (BRLF) program that finances the cleanup of brownfield sites. This program is currently in the revolving phase, check back for updates about when these funds will become available.
What Is A Brownfield?
Brownfields are defined by the EPA as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”
Brownfields typically consist of underutilized or abandoned properties. These properties may have been or are currently gas stations, dry cleaners, auto repair shops, industrial manufacturers, warehouses, service stations, and landfills.
What Can Grant Funds Be Used For?
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA): A Phase I involves a comprehensive historical review of the site, an interview with the property owner or an authorized representative, and a walk through of the site to determine if recognized environmental conditions (RECs) exist on the property.
Phase II ESA: A Phase II involves a physical study where environmental samples are collected and analyzed to characterize the type, distribution, and extent of substances in the environment.
Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA): Provides information about the contamination issues at the site and evaluates possible remedial alternatives.
Other eligible site planning activities to initiate brownfields revitalization and prepare a site for redevelopment can be found on EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/information-eligible-planning-activities
Who Is Eligible To Apply For Grant Funding?
Property owners, private businesses, developers, non-profit organizations, and municipal corporations are all eligible to apply. Generally, properties that are vacant, underused, or potentially impacted and have a high potential for redevelopment or other opportunities that will benefit the community will be eligible.