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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $8.5M in Brownfields Grants Through Investing in America Agenda to Rehabilitate and Revitalize Communities in Missouri

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $8.5M in Brownfields Grants Through
Investing in America Agenda to Rehabilitate and Revitalize Communities in
Missouri
Funded by $1.5 billion investment into brownfield sites from President
Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to address legacy pollution, advance
environmental justice, and create healthier communities
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7 – 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa,
KS 66219
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations
Biden-Harris Administration Announces $8.5M in Brownfields Grants Through
Investing in America Agenda to Rehabilitate and Revitalize Communities in
Missouri 
Funded by $1.5 billion investment into brownfield sites from President
Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to address legacy pollution, advance
environmental justice, and create healthier communities
Contact Information: Jonathan Klusmeyer, 913-343-2991,
LENEXA, KAN. (MAY 20, 2024) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced $8.5 million in grant awards from President Biden’s
Investing in America Agenda to expedite the assessment and cleanup of
brownfield sites in Missouri, 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 communities.
EPA selected the Mo-Kan Regional Council in Missouri to receive $500,000 in
competitive EPA Brownfields funding through MAC Grant programs. In addition,
the Agency is announcing $8 million in supplemental funding to four existing,
high-performing Brownfields RLF Grant programs to help expedite their
continued work at sites in Missouri.
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’s 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.”
“EPA Region 7 is proud to deliver these Brownfields funding resources to our
partner organizations across Missouri,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Meghan
A. McCollister. “The Brownfields program is truly a win-win for everyone
involved, and we are proud of our partners’ efforts to provide a cleaner and
healthier environment for all, while at the same time spurring local economic
development.”
“I am proud Kansas City received another EPA award of $4.5 million in
Supplemental Brownfield Revolving Loan Funds to continue cleaning up our
community’s contaminated properties,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton
Lucas. “Past EPA awards have helped save and repurpose landmarks, including
the Paseo YMCA and the Zhou B Art Center, build new community gems like the
Mattie Rhodes Cultural Arts Center, and propel catalytic development at the
former Hardesty Federal Complex.  We appreciate the Biden-Harris
Administration’s commitment to providing help where Kansas City needs it most
to revitalize contaminated properties and achieve environmental justice in all
of our neighborhoods.”
“The EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant program has been a valuable tool to the
City of Cameron, Missouri,” said City of Cameron Chairman of Planning and
Zoning Mike O’Donnell. “This program helps to identify, clean up, and
mitigate dirty sights within the city. With this program, the city can
provide a better living environment for our citizens.”
“The City of Springfield is proud of our work with the EPA and excited to
receive additional funding for environmental cleanup activities in our
community. This ongoing work to assess, clean up, and facilitate the
redevelopment and reuse of potentially contaminated properties, known as
“brownfields,” has been important, particularly in Springfield’s most
under-resourced areas,” said Springfield Mayor Ken McClure. “These
additional funds will continue that pattern of success in keeping a clean,
green Springfield.”
“The City of Springfield has a long-standing and important partnership with
EPA through our brownfields program,” said Economic Vitality Director for
the City of Springfield Amanda Ohlensehlen. “This partnership has played a
pivotal role in the revitalization of many environmentally challenged sites
within Springfield. This substantive, supplemental Revolving Loan Funding will
allow the city to continue to provide EPA-funded loans and subgrants to our
community and ensure contaminated sites that threaten the health and
well-being of our citizens continue to be remediated and put back into useful
service. The program aligns with Forward SGF, the city’s Comprehensive Plan
to help bring the community’s vision to life by catalyzing reinvestment to
aid in creating quality places that prioritize people, place, and
prosperity.”
“St. Louis Development Corporation is thrilled to accept this $2.5 million
award from our long-standing partners at the U.S. EPA,” said St. Louis
Development Corporation Executive Director Neal Richardson. “St. Louis has a
number of sites where redevelopment is hindered by environmental concerns.
These funds will be the catalyst for these long vacant sites to see new life
and revitalize the surrounding areas.”
Many communities that are under economic stress, particularly those 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.
State Funding Breakdown:
Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant Programs’
Selections
The following organization in Missouri has been selected to receive EPA
Brownfields funding through the MAC Grant programs:
Mo-Kan Regional Council has been selected to receive $500,000. Community-wide
grant funds will be used to conduct 20 Phase I and 10 Phase II environmental
site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to identify and prioritize
additional sites; develop four cleanup plans; conduct two visioning sessions;
prepare one site reuse plan and one revitalization plan; and conduct community
engagement activities. The target area for this grant is the City of Cameron.
Priority sites include the 4.3-acre Cameron Ballpark and several, vacant
commercial buildings located on E. 3rd Street.
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.
Non-Competitive Supplemental Funding Through the Existing Revolving Loan Fund
(RLF) Grant Programs
The Agency is announcing $8 million in non-competitive supplemental funding to
four successful, existing RLF Grant programs that have already achieved
success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. RLF Grants
provide funding for recipients to offer loans and subgrants to carry out
cleanup activities at brownfield sites. The funding announced today will help
communities continue to address the economic, social, and environmental
challenges caused by brownfield sites. The following Missouri organizations
have been selected to receive non-competitive supplemental funding through the
existing RLF Grant programs.
Kansas City Regional Brownfields Coalition has been selected to receive $1
million. In addition to the $1.8 million in EPA funds already awarded, the
Kansas City Regional Brownfields Coalition’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund
(RLF) has been selected to receive an additional $1 million through the
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), because it has a high-performing RLF
program with significantly depleted funds. The RLF program has successfully
made its first loan leading to one cleanup project that is either completed or
in progress. The BIL funding will extend the capacity of the program to
provide funding for more cleanups in the most underserved areas in Wyandotte
County, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Jackson
County, Missouri.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, has been selected to receive $3.5 million.
In addition to the $11,483,840 in EPA funds already awarded, the City of
Kansas City’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) has been selected to
receive an additional $3.5 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
(BIL), because it has a high-performing RLF program with significantly
depleted funds. The RLF program has successfully made loans or subgrants
leading to 11 cleanup projects that are either completed or in progress. The
BIL funding will extend the capacity of the program to provide funding for
more cleanups in the most underserved areas in the City of Kansas City,
Missouri.
The City of Springfield, Missouri, has been selected to receive $1 million. In
addition to the $3,060,000 in EPA funds already awarded, the City of
Springfield’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) has been selected to
receive an additional $1 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
(BIL), because it has a high-performing RLF program with significantly
depleted funds. The RLF program has successfully made loans or subgrants
leading to 14 cleanup projects that are either completed or in progress. The
BIL funding will extend the capacity of the program to provide funding for
more cleanups in the most underserved areas in the City of Springfield.
The St. Louis Development Corporation has been selected to receive $2.5
million. In addition to the $4,657,928 in EPA funds already awarded, the St.
Louis Development Corporation’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) has
been selected to receive an additional $2.5 million through the Bipartisan
Infrastructure Law (BIL), because it has a high-performing RLF program with
significantly depleted funds. The RLF program has successfully made loans or
subgrants leading to 23 cleanup projects that are either completed or in
progress. The BIL funding will extend the capacity of the program to provide
funding for more cleanups in the most underserved areas in the City of St.
Louis, Missouri.
To see the list of RLF Supplemental funding recipients visit EPA’s FY 2024 
Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Applicants webpage.
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
satisfied.
EPA’s Brownfields program began in 1995 and has provided nearly $2.7 billion
in Brownfields 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 this
law, EPA has now increased that yearly investment nearly 400%. 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 MAC applicants selected for funding, visit: 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
webpage.
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