EPA is allocating $300 million for brownfield cleanup

Properties saddled with historic contamination will get a new chance, thanks to a $300 million investment across more than 200 communities.

EPA’s brownfields program provides grants to encourage private-public partnerships aimed at cleaning up once-hazardous and contaminated areas, such as abandoned industrial plants, gas stations or textile mills. Successful projects have turned brownfields into trails, parks, gardens and more.

Monday’s announcement uses approximately $160 million from the 2021 infrastructure bill, which originally set aside $1.5 billion to divide the program into phases.

“Far too many communities across America have suffered the harmful economic and health consequences of living near contaminated brownfields,” President Joe Biden said in a news release. “I have long believed that people who have borne the burden of pollution should be the first to see the benefits of new investments.”