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Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

To support grants and cooperative agreements for a program of training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations to facilitate the inventory of brownfields properties, assessments, cleanup of brownfields properties, community involvement, or site preparation. Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Funding Priorities: EPA expects to support brownfields training, research, and technical assistance related to the following categories: (1) Community Involvement Training, research and technical assistance in this subject area should look at brownfields issues from a community-based perspective. In particular, projects should address social, economic, and health impacts on communities surrounding brownfields properties. Projects may also examine the level of community participation and coordination with local government officials when making brownfields-related decisions. Training and technical assistance, as well as research projects should aim to provide communities with information, tools and technology to better understand or participate in the brownfields cleanup and redevelopment process, or to understand the impacts of living near a potentially contaminated brownfields property. (2) Health Impacts of Brownfields Sites Projects in this subject area should address the connection between health issues and brownfields. Training, research, and technical assistance should focus on the impacts to health and quality of life when brownfields are not cleaned up and redeveloped, or examine effects on health and quality of life as a result of brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. Training and technical assistance, and research projects should strive to improve the health of individuals living near brownfields (particularly, those belonging to sensitive populations) and to increase the level of understanding of brownfields-related health issues. (3) Science and Technology relating to Brownfields Assessment, Remediation and Site Preparation Projects in this subject area should focus on technical aspects of brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, including: assessment and inventory methods, sampling and cleanup methods, institutional controls to ensure long-term protection of human health and the environment, and risk assessment methods and policies. Projects that examine how access or lack of access to technology and technical information can affect brownfields cleanup and redevelopment and communities will also be considered in this subject area. (4) Integrated Approaches to Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment Projects in this subject area should explore linkages between brownfields and other environmental, economic, and social issues, including: port and waterfront utilization, transportation planning, city and regional planning, sustainable development, energy issues, air and water quality issues, and green building design approaches. Training, technical assistance, and research outputs should aim to increase knowledge of linkages amongst various types of cleanup, redevelopment and planning efforts, and to increase coordination amongst such efforts. (5) Economics of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment Projects in this subject area should examine the economic issues surrounding brownfields redevelopment, from financing brownfields cleanup and redevelopment to market forces that may help or hinder brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. Outputs should increase state, local, and tribal stakeholders? knowledge base of economic issues allowing for informed decision-making. (6) Results Anaylsis Projects in this category should analyze the impacts of brownfields and brownfields-related programs on state, local, tribal, and non-governmental constituents, impacts of the new brownfields legislation, and long-term impacts of