EPA Brownfield Assessment Coalition Grant Program

Purpose of funding

Facilitate redevelopment for troubled Brownfield properties in communities that  cannot afford to perform the environmental assessments or cleanup required for

     Communities can use funding for

  • Inventory and prioritizing Brownfield properties
  • Assessments (Phase I and Phase II ESAs)
  • Community planning and engagement
  • Redevelopment planning & cleanup plans
  • Execution of cleanup

Types of Contaminants Brownfields Funding Can Address

  • Petroleum products
  • Heavy metals
  • Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Brine
  • Asbestos
  • A site contaminated with controlled substances (e.g., a methamphetamine laboratory)
  • PCBs (except where EPA has initiated an action under TSCA)

Assessment Grant – Eligible Planning Activities

Planning activities to initiate brownfields revitalization:

  • Site Reuse Assessment
  • Land Use Assessment
  • Market Study
  • Infrastructure Evaluation
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Site Disposition Strategy

Coalition Members & Target Areas/Sites

  • Scott County / Armstrong Property
  • Roane County/Roane State Highway
  • Morristown / Former Roy Widener Site
  • Rocky Top / Norris Freeway sites

Uses for Assessment Grant Funding

  • Develop Brownfield Inventory, databases of brownfield properties, and site prioritization
  • Phase I / Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Community Outreach, including social media and public meetings
  • Redevelopment and Revitalization Planning and Cleanup Planning
  • Can be used on privately owned sites

Scott County – Armstrong Property
Previous parquet flooring manufacturing complex.  Collaboration to redevelop the 100-acre site

  • Scott County Industrial Development Board (IDB)
  • Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) Site Development Grant Program
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Brownfields and Remediation Divisions

Morristown – Roy Widener Property
City of Morristown wishes to redevelop long abandoned former trucking terminal

  • Multi-level 31-acre site
  • Located adjacent to Plumley property – also long dormant
  • Large portion located in flood plain

ETDD EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant Newsletter Winter 2021-22

ETDD EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant Newsletter Spring 2022