EPA Awards $1 Million in Brownfield Grants to Kentucky Communities

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is pleased to announce 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 eight years, with the help of the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program, Kentucky communities have received $8.3 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 City of Frankfort will receive a $400,000 Community Wide-Assessment Grant. The grant will allow the city to conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments on brownfield properties in the Holmes Street Corridor, areas along the Kentucky River and the Second Street Corridor. This funding will cover assessments for both hazardous waste and petroleum impacted properties.

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD), along with the City of Newport and the City of Covington, will receive a $600,000 Community-Wide Assessment Grant for Hazardous Waste. This coalition grant will provide funding to assess properties along the Licking River Greenway. Many of the potential sites were identified in a previous assessment grant awarded to the Area Development District. This funding will allow NKADD to continue to identify and assess properties that have redevelopment potential.

For more information about these sites, go to http://cfpub.epa.gov/bf_factsheets/. If you are interested in brownfield revitalization and brownfield grants, contact the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Programat 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov. To read more about brownfield sites that have been cleaned and put back into productive reuse, go tohttp://dca.ky.gov/Pages/ResourceDocuments.aspx under DCA Case Studies: Brownfields.