Nationwide, brownfields funding assists those under-served and economically disadvantaged communities in Opportunity Zones and other parts of the country in assessing and cleaning up their abandoned industrial and commercial sites. The goal is to take those contaminated sites and transform them from neglected properties into community assets that create jobs while also improving public health and the environment.
Brownfields grants have been shown to increase local tax revenue and residential property values; facilitate job growth; and utilize existing infrastructure, this leading to a boost in a region’s economic development. This program brings true revitalization and transformation to the distressed communities of America.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected 149 communities to receive 151 grant awards totaling $64,623,553 million in EPA Brownfields funding through the Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grant Programs for FY2019. SMPDD received a $300,000, 3-year, Community Wide Brownfields Assessment Grant for target areas of downtown Waynesboro, the Hattiesburg Mobile Street/Twin Forks Rising Community, and the D’Iberville Southern Waterfront Region. Community Wide hazardous substances and petroleum grant funds have been used to conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, planning activities, and community outreach activities.
SMPDD’s Brownfield Team completed the following assessment and planning activities under our FY19 grant:
- 9 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
- 1 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Update
- 3 Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
- 1 Supplemental Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
- 1 Infrastructure Evaluation
Details of the sites evaluated are shown on the map to the right. The assessment work conducted resulted in the issuance of 2 No Further Action Letters from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, making 35 acres available for redevelopment and reuse.
Building on the success of our FY19 grant, SMPDD intends to apply for a Community Wide Assessment grant this fall. We are continuing to build our site inventory and request your valuable input. If your community has vacant properties or abandoned structures with past uses including: gas stations, railroad facilities, automotive repair, dry cleaners, illegal dumping, public or commercial buildings built before 1978, or manufacturing facilities; the sites may be eligible for assessment under future funding.
To submit a site for consideration, please complete the form below and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add the site to our inventory for consideration.