Brownfields Investigation and Cleanup Grants
New Jersey Projects 

Total Stimulus Appropriation: $100 million, in addition to $79 million in fiscal year 2009 Brownfields Program funding
New Jersey’s Portion: $1.8 million in Stimulus funding and $2.4 million in fiscal year 2009 Brownfields Program funding
Allocation Method: Grantees are selected by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through a competitive process, and awards are made directly to the grantees. States do not participate in the selection or award process. Grants are administered by EPA Region 2. The application period for 2009 is closed.
Program Overview
Under Section 104(k) of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, EPA annually awards competitive grants for assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites to promote their redevelopment and reuse. Grants are also available to capitalize revolving loan programs and to fund brownfield job training programs. Applicants are usually municipalities or counties, but states may also apply. Eight New Jersey communities (Camden, Elizabeth, Hopatcong, Plainfield, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Passaic County and Union County) applied for Brownfield Assessment Grants, and three New Jersey communities (Jersey City, Newark and Plainfield) applied for seven Brownfield Cleanup Grants in 2009. Newark also applied for a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grant and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice applied for a Brownfield Job Training Grant.
Applicants selected to receive Stimulus funds are:
Camden

$200,000 for assessing sites with hazardous substances
$200,000 for assessing sites with petroleum

EPA has selected the Camden Redevelopment Agency for two brownfields assessment grants to conduct ten environmental site assessments along the Interstate 676 and Federal Street corridors. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities. Petroleum grant funds will be used to perform the same tasks at sites with potential petroleum contamination.

Jersey City

$600,000 (three $200,000 grants) for remediating sites with hazardous substances

EPA has selected the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency for three brownfields cleanup grants to remediate the 75 Woodward Street site, which has a long history of industrial and commercial use; the Garfield Junkyard site on Garfield Avenue, which was used primarily for auto repair and salvage; and the JR Transportation site at 1000 Garfield Avenue, which was used as a seed storehouse for more than 50 years and later became a bus maintenance facility. All three sites are contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and metals. Grant funds will be used to dispose of contaminated soil, place a two-foot cap on the properties, and file deed notices for the sites.

Newark

$400,000 for remediating sites with hazardous substances
$200,000 for remediating sites with petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Newark for three brownfields cleanup grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to remediate the NSC Plating and Polishing Company at 242 South 12th Street. The site is a former plating and polishing facility that is contaminated with cadmium, nickel, and zinc.

Hazardous substances grant funds also will be used to remediate the International Metallurgical Services site at 190-202 Blanchard Street. The 1.6-acre site is a former ethanol production facility and metal recovery operation that is contaminated with beryllium and other metals. Petroleum grant funds will be used to remediate a former gas station at 1037 Bergen Street that is contaminated with petroleum products. Grant funds also will be used to sample groundwater and conduct community engagement activities at the three sites.

Plainfield

$200,000 to remediate sites with hazardous substances

EPA has selected the City of Plainfield for a brownfields cleanup grant. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the Lee Place site at 208-222 Lee Place. This vacant one-half acre parcel was occupied by a dry cleaning plant from the 1940s through the 1990s. Soil and groundwater at the site are contaminated with perchloroethylene, semi-volatile organic compounds, and co-mingled petroleum products. Grant funds will be used to remove underground storage tanks and contaminated soil, remediate groundwater, and support community outreach activities.
Applicants selected to receive Brownfields Program funds are:
Middlesex County

$1,000,000 for assessing sites with hazardous substances

EPA has selected the Middlesex County Improvement Authority for a brownfields assessment coalition grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to inventory brownfields and conduct environmental site assessments at a minimum of five sites in Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. Grant funds also will be used to support community education and outreach activities.

Newark

$750,000 to capitalize a revolving loan program for sites with hazardous substances
$250,000 to capitalize a revolving loan program for sites with petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Newark for a brownfields revolving loan fund grant. The grant will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the City of Newark will provide loans to support remediation activities for sites contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum. Grant funds will be used to market the revolving loan fund and conduct community outreach activities. The city anticipates awarding two hazardous substances and three petroleum loans.

Plainfield

$200,000 to assess sites with hazardous substances
$200,000 to assess sites with petroleum

EPA has selected the City of Plainfield for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct five environmental site assessments and support community outreach activities. Petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct the same tasks at sites with potential petroleum contamination.

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

$200,000 to establish a brownfield job training program

EPA selected the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, in partnership with Essex County College, to receive a brownfield job training grant to train 87 students and place 53 graduates in environmental technician jobs, and then track the students for one year. 

Further information on the national EPA Brownfields Program, including brownfields activities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is available at: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/.