EPA Awards Brownfield Grants to Kentucky Communities

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program received word that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected two projects in Kentucky for brownfield grants. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They can include old factories, abandoned hospitals, old schools, former service stations and mine-scarred lands, to name a few. Over the past seven years, with the help of the Kentucky Brownfield program, Kentucky communities have received $7.3 million in EPA brownfield grants to help assess and remediate the estimated 8,000 brownfield properties in Kentucky. The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program offers assessment and grant review services, technical assistance and brownfield grant writing education to those communities and organizations that wish to revitalize properties with an environmental past.

The Annville Institute/Jackson County Ministries, in Annville, Ky., received a cleanup grant of $200,000 for hazardous substances. Grant funds will be used to clean up the Lincoln Hall Rehabilitation Project site. Built in 1909, Lincoln Hall was operated as a school until the late 1970s. Since then, a small portion of the building has been used for storage, events and for educational purposes. A large portion of the building is not usable since it is contaminated with inorganic contaminants and heavy metals. Grant funds also will be used for community involvement activities.

The EPA has selected the City of Benham for a cleanup grant of $200,000. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the Benham Clinic property. Constructed to serve as a coal camp hospital, the building was used from the late 1910s to 1960, when it was donated to the city. Half of the building is occupied by the Cumberland Valley Comprehensive Care Center, and the other half is vacant due to contamination from inorganic contaminants and heavy metals. Grant funds also will be used to support community involvement activities.

For more information about these sites, go to http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/ and select Kentucky in the state/territory column. If you are interested in brownfield
revitalization and brownfield grants, contact the Kentucky Brownfield
Redevelopment Program
 at 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov. To read more about
brownfield sites that have been cleaned and put back into productive reuse, go
to http://dca.ky.gov/Pages/ResourceDocuments.aspx Program: Green