EPA Announces Oklahoma City to Receive $300,000 in Brownfields Assessment Funding
The grant awards help underserved communities across the country Build Back Better and address Environmental Justice concerns
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DALLAS – (June 1, 2021) Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the city of Oklahoma City is among the 151 recipients of 154 grant awards totaling $66.5 million in Brownfields funding through its Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grants. The city plans to use their $300,000 assessment grant to conduct environmental site assessments, develop cleanup plans and support community outreach activities. Assessment activities will focus on the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area, which is partially located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. Priority sites include several that housed industrial activities such as oil and gas refining, dry cleaning, automobile salvage, and cotton and canola seed processing.
This funding will support underserved and economically disadvantaged communities across the country in assessing and cleaning up contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial properties. Approximately 50 percent of selected recipients are receiving EPA Brownfields grant funding for the first time and more than 85 percent serve small communities.
“Through our Brownfields Program, EPA is delivering on the Biden Administration’s commitment to lifting up and protecting overburdened communities across America, especially communities that have experienced long periods of disinvestment and decay,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “These assessment and cleanup grants will not only support economic growth and job creation, but they will also empower communities to address the environmental, public health, and social issues associated with contaminated land.”
“Oklahoma City is among the leaders in the nation in effectively leveraging brownfields funding to revitalize not just individual properties, but entire sections of the city,” said Acting Regional Administrator David Gray. “EPA is proud to continue supporting this work that benefits the people, neighborhoods, and businesses of Oklahoma City.”
“EPA Brownfields Grants continue to play a significant role in downtown Oklahoma City’s revitalization success story,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “We are honored to host the National Brownfields Conference this December in our newly opened convention center that sits on and is surrounded by land brought back to life with assistance of Brownfield’s funds.”
Today’s grant announcement includes:
- $42.2 million for 107 Assessment Grants, which will provide funding for brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach.
- $15.5 million for 36 Cleanup Grants, which will provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the recipient.
The list of the fiscal year 2021 applicants selected for funding is available here: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicants-selected-fy-2021-brownfields-multipurpose-assessment-and-cleanup-grants
EPA anticipates that it will award the grants once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied by the selected recipients.
Since its inception in 1995, EPA’s Brownfields Program has provided nearly $1.76 billion in grants to assess and clean up contaminated properties and return them to productive reuse. This has led to significant benefits for communities across the country. For example:
- To date, communities participating in the Brownfields Program have been able to attract more than $34.4 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding after receiving Brownfields funds. This has led to over 175,500 jobs in cleanup, construction, and redevelopment.
- Based on grant recipient reporting, recipients leveraged on average $20.13 for each EPA Brownfields dollar and 10.3 jobs per $100,000 of EPA Brownfield Grant funds expended on assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements.
- In addition, an academic peer-reviewed study has found that residential properties near brownfield sites increased in value by 5% to 15.2% as a result of cleanup activities.
- Finally, analyzing data near 48 brownfields, EPA found an estimated $29 million to $97 million in additional tax revenue for local governments in a single year after cleanup—2 to 7 times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to the cleanup of those brownfield sites.
For more on the Brownfields Grants: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-epa-brownfield-grant-funding
For more on EPA’s Brownfields Program: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields
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