Biden-Harris Administration Announces $3 Million in Brownfield Grants Through Investing in America Agenda to Rehabilitate and Revitalize Communities in New Jersey

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $3 Million in Brownfield Grants Through
Investing in America Agenda to Rehabilitate and Revitalize Communities in New
Funded by $1.5 billion investment into Brownfields sites from President
Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to address legacy pollution, advance
environmental justice, and create healthier communities
NEW YORK (May 20, 2024) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) announced grant awards from President Biden’s Investing in America
agenda to expedite the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites in New
Jersey while advancing environmental justice. These investments through
EPA’s Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Programs
and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant Programs will help transform
once-polluted, vacant, and abandoned properties into community assets, while
helping to create good jobs and spur economic revitalization in overburdened
EPA selected four communities in New Jersey to receive grants totaling $3
million in competitive EPA Brownfields funding through the Multipurpose,
Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant programs.
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will announce the awards in Philadelphia
today alongside Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker and U.S. Representative
Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) at a local brownfield side near Bartram’s Mile.
For over 60 years, the site was used as an oil terminal, filled with storage
tanks full of petroleum and other semi-volatile organic compounds. The City of
Philadelphia has been working to reclaim brownfield sites along Bartram’s
Mile, turning them into a community hub where residents can access trails for
hiking and biking, as well as areas for fishing, gardening, farming, and more.
“Far too many communities across America have suffered the harmful economic
and health consequences of living near polluted brownfield sites,” said
President Joe Biden. “I’ve long believed that people who’ve borne the
burden of pollution should be the first to see the benefits of new investment.
Under my Administration, we are making that a reality by ensuring the historic
resources from my Investing in America agenda reach communities that need it
most. I am proud that my Administration is helping Philadelphia clean up and
transform this area into an economic engine, while tackling a longstanding
environmental injustice and creating good-paying jobs.”
“President Biden sees contaminated sites and blighted areas as an
opportunity to invest in healthier, revitalized communities,” said EPA
Administrator Michael S. Regan. “That is why he secured historic funding
under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, supercharging EPA’s Brownfields
program to clean up contaminated properties in overburdened communities and
bring them back into productive use.”
“The Brownfields program is a powerful tool that helps communities in New
Jersey address local inequities by providing a means to revitalize abandoned
properties and promote environmental health, economic growth, and job
creation,” said EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. “The
Brownfields program transforms communities, and this funding gives the program
a huge shot in the arm – with a historic $1.5 billion dollars that will be
leveraged to make a real and lasting on-the-ground difference for communities
across the country.”
“Far too many communities in New Jersey continue to suffer at the hands of
corporate polluters and legacy pollution. Cleaning up contaminated sites
across our state has always been one of my highest priorities,” said Senator
Bob Menendez. “I’m proud to have helped secure this funding that will
advance the remediation of several sites, improve public health, safety, and
our environment, and encourage economic redevelopment.”
“During my time as Mayor and as Senator, I have seen firsthand how the
EPA’s Brownfields Program revitalizes communities across New Jersey that
have been home to contaminated properties. This investment in Camden, Red
Bank, and Woodbine will help clean up sites and transform them into clean,
vibrant spaces that benefit the surrounding community. I’m proud that the
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which I voted to support, is delivering vital
funding to improve public health and economic opportunity in New Jersey,”
said Senator Cory Booker.
“South Jersey families deserve healthy and safe neighborhoods to call
home,” Representative Donald Norcross (NJ-01) said. “Cleaning up old
commercial and industrial sites to protect our communities from hazardous
waste and polluted environments has been a longtime priority for me. I’m
proud to have supported these Brownfield grants and to have worked with the
Biden-Harris Administration to enact the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which
is continuing to deliver historic investments that improve quality of life and
create economic opportunities for South Jerseyans.”
“I’m glad to see that the Monmouth Conservation Foundation in my district
is receiving federal funding to clean up contaminated land in Red Bank. It’s
great to see that New Jersey is benefitting from funding I included in the
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee
last Congress and is helping communities across our state repurpose the land
and return it to good use,” Representative Frank Pallone (NJ-06) said.
“Today’s announcement will help build on our progress to clean up and
revitalize these contaminated sites so we can generate new jobs and economic
“The EPA’s Brownfields program has been instrumental in helping New Jersey
communities reclaim sites plagued by blight and restore them to productive and
beneficial uses once again,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Thanks
to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the support of our
congressional delegation, more New Jersey communities will bear witness to
this type of transformative investment.”
“My DEP colleagues and I are pleased to see Camden, Red Bank and Woodbine
selected for these EPA grants,” said New Jersey Environmental Protection
Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette. “These funds will advance work that will
revitalize neighborhoods, protect public health and create economic growth. We
thank the Biden-Harris Administration and our partners at the EPA for their
continued commitment to our overburdened communities.” 
Many communities that are under economic stress, particularly those located in
areas that have experienced long periods of disinvestment, lack the resources
needed to initiate brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects. As
brownfield sites are transformed into community assets, they attract jobs,
promote economic revitalization and transform communities into sustainable and
environmentally just places.
Thanks to the historic $1.5 billion boost from President Biden’s Bipartisan
Infrastructure Law, EPA’s Brownfields Program is helping more communities
than ever before begin to address the economic, social, and environmental
challenges caused by brownfields and stimulate economic opportunity, and
environmental revitalization in historically overburdened communities.
EPA’s Brownfields Program advances President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative
which set a goal that 40% of the overall benefits of certain Federal
investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by
underinvestment and overburdened by pollution. The Brownfields Program strives
to meet this commitment and advance environmental justice and equity
considerations in all aspects of its work. Approximately 86% of the MAC and
RLF Supplemental program applications selected to receive funding proposed to
work in areas that include disadvantaged communities.
Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Program
The following organizations in New Jersey have been selected to receive EPA
Brownfields funding through the Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC)
Grant Programs.
Camden Lutheran Housing, Inc., Camden N.J. has been selected to receive $1
million. The grant will be used to clean up the Former West Jersey Paper
Manufacturing Site in the City of Camden, which housed the West Jersey Paper
Manufacturing Company from 1850 to 1967 and Latex Fiber Industries, Inc. from
1967 to 1974. The site, currently unused and vacant, is contaminated with
heavy metals, arsenic, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and PCBs. Grant funds
also will be used to prepare a Community Involvement Plan and conduct
community engagement activities.
Camden Redevelopment Agency Camden, NJ has been selected to receive $500,000.
This community-wide grant will be utilized to perform environmental site
assessments. The assessment efforts will concentrate on the Federal Street
Industrial and Commercial Corridor in the East Camden Neighborhood. Notably,
priority sites include a vacant property formerly used for chemical
manufacturing, a former incinerator site, and other former industrial and
manufacturing properties.
Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Red Bank, NJ has been selected to receive
$500,000. This community-wide grant will be utilized to perform environmental
site assessments. The target area for this grant is a 210-acre portion of the
western side of the Borough of Red Bank. Notably, priority sites include the
8.6-acre Red Bank Landfill and other surrounding and downstream properties.
Woodbine, NJ has been selected to receive $1 million. This grant will support
a range of eligible activities, including environmental site assessments.
Grant funds will be used to clean up the Old School site located at 808
Franklin Street and the Hat Company site located at 608 Dehirsh Avenue. Other
priority sites include a former landfill that closed in 1984 and the Woodbine
Municipal Airport.
Additional Background:
EPA has selected these organizations to receive funding to address and support
the reuse of brownfield sites to address the health, economic, social, and
environmental challenges caused by brownfields. EPA anticipates making all the
awards announced today once all legal and administrative requirements are
EPA’s Brownfields Program began in 1995 and has provided nearly $2.7 billion
in Brownfield Grants to assess and clean up contaminated properties and return
blighted properties to productive reuse. Prior to the Bipartisan
Infrastructure Law, this program made approximately $60 million available each
year. Thanks to the President’s historic investments in America through the
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA has now increased that yearly investment
nearly 400 percent. More than half of the funding available for this grant
cycle (approximately $160 million) comes from the historic $1.5 billion
investment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This
investment has also allowed the MAC grants’ maximum award amounts to
increase significantly from $500,000 to a new maximum of $5 million per award.
To see the list of the FY 2024 Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup applicants
selected for funding visit EPA’s FY 2024  Multipurpose, Assessment and
Cleanup Applicants webpage.
To see the list of RLF Supplemental funding recipients visit EPA’s FY 2024 
Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Applicants webpage.
To learn more about RLF Technical Assistance grant recipient visit EPA’s
Brownfields Grow America webpage.
For more information on EPA’s Brownfields Program visit EPA’s Brownfields
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