Gov. Beshear Announces $1.4 Million in EPA Awards to Three Kentucky Communities for Potential Brownfields Sites

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2022) – Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that three Kentucky communities have been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive over $1.4 million in grant funding to assess “brownfields” – industrial and commercial properties that are known or suspected to contain a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Those receiving funding are:

  • City of Elizabethtown – $400,300

Community-wide Assessment grant funds will be used to inventory, prioritize and/or conduct environmental assessments of 22 sites, support community outreach activities and develop up to 10 cleanup plans. The city will target the East Dixie Avenue Corridor, where many commercial and industrial buildings are now unoccupied or underutilized. Priority sites include a 5.75-acre former automotive dealership, a former motel, a dilapidated 4-acre retail strip, and a former liquor store and office complex.

  • City of Paducah – $500,000

Community-wide Assessment grant funds will be used to inventory, prioritize and/or conduct environmental assessments of 19 sites, develop nine cleanup plans and support community outreach activities. The city will target the city’s riverfront, gateway and southside corridors. Priority sites include an 81,000-square-foot historic event space and music hall that is vacant and in disrepair, a 1.4-acre property with numerous vacant commercial service businesses, a 3.3-acre vacant and dilapidated hospital building, a former movie theater, an abandoned gas station, and a 2.8-acre abandoned and deteriorating warehouse.

  • Cumberland Valley Area Development District – $500,000

Community-wide Assessment grant funds will be used to inventory, prioritize and/or conduct environmental assessments of 19 sites, develop nine cleanup plans and three resource roadmaps, and support community outreach activities. The target areas for this grant are the cities of Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch, all of which have been severely impacted by the closure of coal mines in the area. Priority sites include a former power company, an unused section of rail line, an unused 8,500-square-foot building that once housed a medical clinic, a 61-year-old former gas station, and a 25,000-square-foot building that was formerly a high school.

“This funding will help these Kentucky communities take a great step towards turning vacant or abandoned property into sites that will bring jobs and take advantage of the emerging industries locating in the state,” said Governor Andy Beshear. “Making investments in the health of our infrastructure and our citizens is the best way to ensure that all of us thrive today and into the future.”

“These EPA grants will make it possible for these Kentucky communities to reimagine and eventually reuse their blighted properties,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “This is essential not only for the environment but also for the health and vitality of these communities.”

EPA’s Brownfield Program has provided over $1.7 billion in grants nationwide since the program’s inception in 1995. Over the next five years, brownfields redevelopment programs nationwide will take on new opportunities to invest in infrastructure due to the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Law”). Because of the new Infrastructure Law, EPA’s Brownfields grants for FY 2023 have increased to:

  • $10 million for Brownfields Multipurpose Grants
  • $10 million for Brownfields Assessment Grants
  • $10 million for Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds
  • $5 million for Brownfields Cleanup Grants

Solicitations for the FY 2023 grants are expected to be announced later this summer. Both rural and urban entities, particularly in underserved communities, are encouraged to apply for this next round of EPA Brownfield grants. Eligible entities include local governments, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and quasi-governmental agencies. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Kentucky Brownfield staff for guidance and support prior to submitting their applications. In addition, a letter of support from the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is required of all applicants.    

For more information about Kentucky’s grant recipients or to inquire about funding for restoring the environment and helping communities with economic recovery, contact Eric Eisiminger at 502-782-6601 or Lynn True at 502-782-6484.  For an overview of EPA’s Brownfields grants, please visit Types of EPA Brownfield Grant Funding | US EPA.  For information regarding solicitations for FY 2023 Brownfield grants proposals, please visit Solicitations for Brownfield Grants | US EPA.

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State Division of Waste Management Announces Over $3.3 Million in Waste Grants

Recycling, household hazardous waste programs funded

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management today announced 46 recycling and 25 household hazardous waste (HHW) grants of more than $3.3 million. The grants will be used to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste, which includes electronic scrap and mercury from homes throughout the Commonwealth. Continue reading “State Division of Waste Management Announces Over $3.3 Million in Waste Grants”

Cleaner Commonwealth Fund Offering Cleanup Grants

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is announcing the availability of cleanup grants through the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF). The CCF is a grant-and-loan fund established with an $850,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grant. The program is releasing $182,000 to provide money for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination cleanup projects in Kentucky.

In this round of grants, eligible entities, including local governments, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies, can apply for up to $50,000 for an eligible project. For a site to be eligible, the applicant must have performed All Appropriate Inquiries (Phase I Assessment) within the six-month period prior to the purchase of the property and met bona fide prospective purchaser guidelines. Continue reading “Cleaner Commonwealth Fund Offering Cleanup Grants”

Source Reduction Assistance Awarded to DCA

The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) has received a Source Reduction Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund its KY EXCEL: Get the Green Ball Rolling project. The project will facilitate source reduction by reducing the generation of pollution within Kentucky’s collegiate and high school sporting events sector. Sporting events and sporting venues utilize water and energy resources and can be generators of large amounts of waste. The project will assist participating entities to reduce their overall environmental impacts. Continue reading “Source Reduction Assistance Awarded to DCA”

Kentucky’s first “green” housing community: Phase 1 funded by the Division of Water is complete

Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability was the recipient of a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant for $655,000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Kentucky Division of Water to create Durbin Estates, a green housing community, in the city of Bowling Green. WKU partnered with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit agency that builds and repairs homes to provide affordable housing to those in need, and enlisted several state and local groups to integrate green infrastructure in the development to reduce nonpoint source pollution. WKU students from a variety of educational programs have participated in the design and development of the community. Continue reading “Kentucky’s first “green” housing community: Phase 1 funded by the Division of Water is complete”

Cleaner Commonwealth Announces First Grantees

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is pleased to announce the first grant recipients of the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund. In March, the program solicited requests for funds to redevelop brownfield properties. This fund, which is administered through the Division of Compliance Assistance, provides financial assistance for projects that clean up brownfield sites, including old factories, former gas stations and other properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to environmental contamination. The fund is a grant-and-loan fund established with an $850,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund grant. Continue reading “Cleaner Commonwealth Announces First Grantees”

Kentucky Division of Waste Management Announces more than $3 Million in Grants

Recycling, household hazardous waste programs funded

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management announced 49 recycling and 23 household hazardous waste (HHW) grants to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and improve the environmental management of household hazardous waste, which includes electronic scrap and mercury from homes throughout the Commonwealth.

Grant dollars from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills, are financing the 72 grants totaling $3,041,950.85. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Waste Management Announces more than $3 Million in Grants”

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 Continue reading “EPA Awards Brownfield Grants to Kentucky Communities”

Grants Available – Application Deadline April 1

Another opportunity is now available for Kentuckians to make a positive difference through the Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Grant Program.

2013-2014 recycling and household hazardous waste grant applications are now being accepted by the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch. Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants for regional projects.

Desirable grant activities include projects that focus on developing an integrated recycling infrastructure, managing household hazardous waste and Continue reading “Grants Available – Application Deadline April 1”

Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Grants Benefit Kentucky Communities

Last year, Kentucky’s recycling rate for common household items (such as glass, paper, metal and plastics) was 34.3 percent, keeping pace with the national average of 34.1 percent. Much of Kentucky’s recycling success has been due to the Kentucky Division of Waste Management, Recycling Assistance Section’s approval of almost $17 million in Kentucky Pride Fund-financed recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW) grants.

The Kentucky Pride Fund receives money collected from an environmental remediation fee of $1.75 per ton of waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills. Since 2007, a percentage of that money has been used to create and distribute recycling and HHW grants to counties, cities and other political subdivisions of the state, including public school districts and universities.

These grant programs impose certain requirements for recipients of the grants, such as: the grantee shall provide a 25 percent match to the grant amount (which may consist of in-kind services), the grantee shall demonstrate that the proposed project will remain financially viable after the grant funds have been expended, and the grantee shall demonstrate that the service added by the project is Continue reading “Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Grants Benefit Kentucky Communities”